Otjozondjupa tops fatalities on roads thus far

04 Jan 2017 17:50pm
WINDHOEK, 04 JAN (NAMPA) – The Otjozondjupa Region recorded the highest number of fatalities in road accidents thus far in the 2016/2017 festive season.
During the period of 22 November 2016 to 02 January 2017, the region recorded 14 fatalities, an increase of one after 13 fatalities were recorded over the same period in the 2015/2016 festive season.
This was revealed in a statement made available on Wednesday by the Deputy Inspector-General for Operations of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol), Major-General James Tjivikua, who said motor vehicle accidents remain a concern.
“It is our humble request to all vehicle drivers to refrain from reckless driving whilst on the road,” said Tjivikua.
The Khomas and Kunene regions followed Otjozondjupa with 12 fatalities over the same period; Omusati and Oshana 10; Ohangwena nine; Hardap seven; Oshikoto and Omaheke five; //Kharas, Erongo and Zambezi three; and Kavango East and West one.
The Omusati, Zambezi and Kunene regions recorded the same number of fatalities over the same period in 2015/2016, while the Otjozondjupa, Khomas, Kunene, Oshana and Omaheke recorded an increase over the 2016/2017 period. The Erongo, Kavango, Hardap, Oshikoto and //Kharas recorded a decrease in fatalities over the 2016/2017 period under review.
A total of 94 fatalities were recorded over the period under review, which represents a reduction of one when compared to the 95 fatalities over the same period last year.
Tjivikua urged drivers to be extra careful, drive within the speed limit and take weather conditions into consideration.
“During the remaining 14 days of the police operation, most of the main roads will be extremely busy and I therefore urge drivers to be extra cautious, keep the speed limit and take into account the current weather conditions.”
NamPol’s festive season operation commenced on 16 November last year and is expected to end 17 January 2017.