Over 100 arrested for traffic offences

22 Dec 2016 19:50pm
WINDHOEK, 22 DEC (NAMPA) - About 107 people were arrested for traffic offences between 16 November 2016 and 21 December 2016.
Namibian Police Force Deputy Commissioner, Ralph Ludwig said during a media conference here on Thursday that 70 of the arrests were for drunken driving.
He said close to 62 015 drivers were stopped and questioned over the period.
Four people were arrested for providing false documents to traffic officers, one for trying to defeat the course of justice, one for refusing to provide a name and address, three for obstruction of justice, and another for bribing traffic officers.
Ludwig further dismissed a statement circulating on social media that drivers caught using mobile phones while driving will be arrested.
“According to the law, we cannot arrest these people; we just give a fine and the person will learn through that,” he said, adding that they will also not impound vehicles.
Also speaking at the event, Minister of Works and Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb urged both drivers and pedestrians to obey the rules of the road and to be extra vigilant.
“While Namibia takes great pride in maintaining and building world-class road infrastructure for which we have received several accolades, there is the disagreeable and sad task of dealing with broken homes and shortened lives after accidents,” he said.
The minister said most of these accidents are caused through sheer negligence which include recklessness, drunk driving and speeding.
“Every life taken on our roads is a tragedy and a waste and we need to start behaving with respect for the rules of the road,” !Naruseb urged.