Namibian drivers need change in attitude: Kapembe-Haiduwa

14 Mar 2016 08:10am
CASABLANCA, 14 MAR (NAMPA) – Namibian drivers should be taught how to assist victims of road accidents, the Secretary-General of the Namibian Red Cross Society, Dorkas Kapembe-Haiduwa says.
She said this at the mass memorial service for 15 people killed in an accident between a truck and a mini-bus in the Oshikoto Region on 12 February.
The memorial service was held at the site of the accident near Casablanca, where the head-on collision took place on the Omuthiya-Oshivelo main road.
Kapembe-Haiduwa described accidents in Namibia as a “nightmare”. She said drivers should receive first aid training and be provided with first aid kits and fire extinguishers for them to be able to effectively respond to road accidents.
The two vehicles burst into flames upon impact, leaving 15 people dead on the spot.
Kapembe-Haiduwa also said drivers must change their driving attitude if road crashes are to be reduced in the country.
Also addressing the memorial service, the Inspector-General of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Lieutenant-General Sebastian Ndeitunga echoed Kapembe-Haiduwa’s sentiments, saying drivers need to change their attitude.
“You can have good laws, good roads and speed bumps on the road everywhere, but without attitude change the road accident rate will remain high,” Ndeitunga said, adding that negligent drivers are to blame for the increasing number of accidents on Namibian roads.
He also said the DNA tests on the remains of the deceased have been completed and their families can thus now lay their loved ones to rest.