NamPol urges responsible driving this long weekend

22 Aug 2013 10:20
WINDHOEK, 22 AUG (NAMPA) - The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) on Thursday appealed to all road users to cooperate with the country's law-enforcement agencies on national roads in order to save lives over the upcoming long weekend.
NamPol also urged Namibian motorists and other road users to remain united and to work hand-in-hand with the country's law-enforcement units against irresponsible driving on national roads over the same period.
Amongst a number of activities expected over the long weekend is the Heroes’ Day commemoration event at Omugulugwombashe in the Omusati Region on Monday, and an increase in traffic on the national road network due to the activities is expected from Friday until Monday.
The appeal for responsible driving was made by NamPol spokesperson, Chief Inspector Kauna Shikwambi in a media statement availed to Nampa on Thursday afternoon, in which she seriously cautioned motorists and other road users to strictly adhere to road traffic rules and regulations in order to help avoid accidents and fatalities on the national roads over the weekend.
“NamPol has taken cognisance of the current school holidays that have just started, the long weekend for the 26 August celebrations, the annual Ongwediva Trade Fair, the Olufuko Festival at Outapi and many other national and/or regional events. As usual, many people are expected to travel to all directions of the country and our national roads are expected to be very busy and congested. Hence, the Namibian Police Force takes this opportunity to caution drivers on our national roads to drive safely, to practice patience whilst on the road, to travel well in advance and importantly, to strictly adhere to the stipulated road traffic rules and regulations,” said the NamPol spokesperson.
Shikwambi went on to say the loss of lives on national roads cannot continue unabated.
“Lives continue to be lost through avoidable accidents which mostly result from speeding, reckless and negligent driving, and/or driving while under the influence of intoxicating substances,” she noted.
The senior police officer also called on all drivers to stop disregarding road traffic signs, particularly by overtaking at blind spots, such as at hills and blind turns.
She further urged motorists to be cautious, wear their seatbelts no matter how short the trip and drive within the stipulated speed limit.
“It is advisable to be well rested when travelling and to ensure that vehicles are roadworthy at all times. Members of the public are encouraged to report any incident of reckless driving and the occurrence of accidents to the nearest police stations, to the traffic officers on the highways, or to those stationed within various towns,” Shikwambi advised.