Operation Opotuli arrests and impounds

04 Oct 2016 09:50am
WINDHOEK, 04 OCT (NAMPA) – Twenty-three people were at the weekend arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol between Kalkrand and Windhoek.
These drivers tested above the alcohol level of 0.37 per cent alcohol by volume (abv) and were arrested under the Opotuli Road Safety Campaign (ORSC) launched here on Friday.
Thirty-seven other drivers were kept in police custody and released after they had sobered up and tested 0.00 abv.
The Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund and various stakeholders launched the campaign due to a high incidence of road crashes.
‘Opotuli’ means ‘we are here’ in Oshiwambo.
At a media briefing on Sunday, Namibian Police Force (NamPol) Chief Inspector in the Traffic Law Enforcement Division Amalia Gawanas said the campaign is not only meant for one part of the country but for the whole of Namibia.
“All 34 (police) units across the country are working under the operation,” she said.
More than 780 vehicles were tested for roadworthiness and their drivers tested for alcohol intake during the operation on the B1 Road between Kalkrand in the Hardap region and Windhoek in the Khomas region.
Forty-six vehicles were also impounded at the weekend and are currently parked at the City Police headquarters.
Speaking at the same media briefing, City Police Deputy Chief Adam Eiseb stressed that the figure of impounded vehicles is worrisome.
“This translates that we are certainly faced with a challenge. We would have preferred not to see a single vehicle being impounded and above it all, we would have loved not to see a single road user being arrested.”
He added that law-enforcement officials do not pride themselves for having arrested so many people but see it more as a challenge.
Eiseb called on those who may feel offended by tickets that have been issued against them, arrested or have their vehicle impounded to rather appreciate the action of the law-enforcement officers.
“The whole intention is to preserve their lives and the lives of other road users,” he noted.
The first phase of the operation is scheduled to roll out to other parts of the country until April 2017.