13 Apr 2017 06:40am
WINDHOEK, 13 APR (NAMPA) The Namibian Police have called upon people driving to various destinations over the Easter weekend to drive responsibly and to consider the safety of all road users.
The Head of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol)'s Public Relations Division, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi made the appeal at a media briefing here on Wednesday, saying road users should exercise the utmost caution on national roads over the Easter weekend and in general.
NamPol is appealing to all road users to strictly adhere to the stipulated road traffic rules and regulations such as speed limits and not to overtake at barrier lines; avoid driving while tired; avoid driving while under the influence of alcohol and ensure that their vehicles are roadworthy at all times.
Kanguatjivi said as is customary, people will be driving to various destinations for the long weekend, especially to Swakopmund for The Namibian Newspaper Cup, meaning the national roads will be extremely busy.
Owing to that and as the custodian of law and order, we are sounding a serious caution and appeal to all road users alike, to exercise utmost caution on the national roads, over the Easter weekend and beyond, he said.
During the Easter weekend in 2014, six people died in accidents. Twenty-five people died in accidents over the same period in 2015, while 11 perished at the same in 2016 as a result of accidents on national roads.
The right attitude on the road will lead us to an accident-free road during this year's Easter holiday weekend, said the senior police officer.
There will be high police visibility in all 14 regions. Permanent road traffic checkpoints will be fully operational, while mobile checkpoints will be erected, high-way patrols will be increased and officers will conduct random alcohol tests as well as look at vehicle roadworthiness and overloading.
The police also appealed to Namibians to be vigilant at all times in terms of crime prevention and ensure that opportunities for criminals to commit crimes are minimised.
In addition, NamPol urged business people to ensure that all liquor outlets strictly comply with provisions and conditions as stipulated on their liquor licences.