Coastal authorities applaud responsible driving

18 Apr 2017 17:50pm
SWAKOPMUND, 18 APR (NAMPA) – Residents and visitors to Swakopmund over the past Easter weekend have been commended for driving responsibly.
Manager of Traffic Services in the Swakopmund Municipality, Melvin Cloete on Tuesday said the weekend was peaceful in spite of many visitors who came for The Namibian Newspaper Cup.
This, he said, is because people adhered to the rules of the road, leading to zero accidents in Swakopmund.
“I urge everyone to keep up the good behaviour; the right attitude toward life is the only way to stay safe and achieve greater things,” Cloete said.
Also speaking to Nampa on Tuesday, Appolus Motinga, a senior traffic officer in the Swakopmund Municipality, said there was only one drunk-driving case in Swakopmund the entire Easter weekend.
Motinga said a woman was pulled over on Monday after she jumped a four-way stop. She was requested to blow into a breathalyser which showed 0,70 milligrams of alcohol in her blood. The legal limit is 0.37 milligrams per 1 000 millitres of breath.
Motinga said the woman was arrested and taken to the police station, where she paid bail of N.dollars 4 000.
“We increased our presence around town during the weekend which in my view helped a lot, because when people see the traffic and police officers they behave,” he said.
In addition, Namibian Police Force Head of Community Policing in the Erongo Region, Warrant Officer Ileni Shapumba on Tuesday said peacefulness is only possible with responsible driving and sober minds.
“I want to comment everyone for doing their best to stay safe and keep others safe. We must continue this trend every day.”
Shapumba said the fact the police strictly enforced the closing of shebeens as per the Liquor Act 6 of 1998, limited access to alcohol which is mostly the cause of accidents.
He said the Namibian Annual Music Awards are expected at the end of this month, and many people will flock to Walvis Bay and Swakopmund, hence the reminder to drive safely once again.
Meanwhile, police accident reports showed that Salom Antonio, 32, was on Sunday admitted to the Swakopmund State Hospital following an accident in which he lost control of the sedan he was driving on C34 gravel road, about 40 kilometres from Henties Bay to Cape Cross.