Over 250 wayward drivers sought by Otjiwarongo police

29 Dec 2016 10:50am
OTJIWARONGO, 29 DEC (NAMPA) – More than 250 vehicle operators are wanted by the Namibian Police (NamPol) Force’s Otjiwarongo Traffic Department for unpaid traffic fines issued to them between 2009 and 2016.
The Otjiwarongo district police head of traffic, Inspector Nafthalie !Aibeb on Wednesday expressed concern with this high number of unpaid traffic fines.
!Aibeb said the issued fines amount to N.dollars 2.3 million.
“We are busy looking for these offenders at police roadblocks with the warrants of arrest issued against them by the Otjiwarongo Magistrate’s Court for these unpaid fines.”
!Aibeb said his office will not rest until such traffic offenders are arrested and charged accordingly.
He said most fines are for speeding on the national B1 road, operating vehicles without valid drivers’ licences, operating unroadworthy vehicles, and failing to comply with road traffic signs.
Senior government officials, politicians and chief executive officers for State-owned enterprises also appear on the list of wanted traffic offenders.
!Aibeb on Wednesday urged vehicle drivers who know they have outstanding traffic fines at Otjiwarongo to contact his office without delay, so that arrangements can be made.
He said drivers who make proper arrangements with his office will not be arrested, but for those found at police roadblocks without having made arrangements, no negotiations will be made.
!Aibeb also requested family members of deceased persons who were issued traffic fines before death to also make contact with his office.
The police officer attributed the failure to pay the traffic fines to ignorance.
He said traffic fines can also be paid through post office postal orders which can be sent to the Clerk of Court to the district where the fine was issued.
!Aibeb urged those offenders making use of the postal order system to keep copies of their receipts for future reference.