Adhere to road safety laws/regulations: Ludwig

17 Mar 2016 19:40pm
WINDHOEK, 17 MAR (NAMPA) – In an effort to reduce the carnage on national roads during Independence and Easter celebrations next week, the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has appealed to motorists to adhere to the country’s road safety laws and regulations.
During this time, many Namibians and visitors travel all over the country to spend time with friends and family, which means the national roads are extremely busy.
NamPol’s road safety campaigns form part of Operation Omake, and begin on Thursday until 29 March 2016. This operation covers the country's 26th independence celebrations on Monday and Easter holiday from 25 to 28 March, respectively.
Head of NamPol's Transport Law-Enforcement Division, Deputy Commissioner Ralph Ludwig particularly urged motorists to avoid speeding at all costs if they want to spend a peaceful weekend with their families and friends.
Ludwig was speaking at a media briefing on NamPol's Road Safety campaigns here on Thursday morning.
“It must be noted that all Namibia's 14 political regions are involved and will be working hand-in-hand with all other law-enforcement stakeholders, conducting joint operations, sharing information and resources, cooperating with each other to attain our objectives, which are to make the country a safe place for all its citizens and visiting foreign tourists,” he said.
Ludwig said the police will not permit any incidents of speeding on national roads during this year’s Easter weekend, adding that the loss of precious lives on national roads cannot be tolerated any more.
“As we approach the 26th independence celebrations to be held on 21 March 2016 in Windhoek, it is of great importance for the members of the Namibian Police Force to work hard to curb crime and vehicle collisions, which rob us of precious lives of our inhabitants.
“Together with the interventions by our stakeholders - National Road Safety Council, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, Roads Authority, Public Road Safety Forum, and Automobile Association of Namibia - we are committed to save the lives of our people,” he said.
During the 2015 Easter weekend, Namibia lost a total of 21 people in 113 road accidents, while 66 people were injured.
“With the commitment and dedication, supported by all the law-enforcement stakeholders and the general public, we are seriously urging all road users - drivers, pedestrians and passengers - to be alert of the road signs and markings and to obey these signs and markings.”
The senior police officer advised long distance drivers to be assisted by a second driver, and all drivers must refrain from fatigue, and stay sober and calm at all times and switch the vehicles’ lights on during driving.
He emphasised that all drivers of vehicles should be on the lookout for stray animals, pedestrians or other objects on the road surface while on national roads.