More than 650 killed this year: NamPol Traffic

20 Nov 2017 18:10pm
WINDHOEK, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) celebrated the 7th Africa Road Safety Day through a prayer day in the capital on Sunday under the theme ‘2020 Target: Reduce road fatalities and serious injuries by 50’.
Speaking at the event, Namibian Police Head of Traffic Law Enforcement, Amalia Gawanas said more than 700 people are killed on the roads yearly in Namibia, and so far more than 650 have died this year alone.
“We need to take ownership and responsibility as individual road users to be part of road safety. The police are not here to continuously guard people who are killing each other on the roads,” said Gawanas.
She said Namibians are in better condition than other African countries, and therefore have no excuses for road crashes.
This year’s celebration was aimed at creating a platform for stakeholders and community members to show solidarity and remember those who lost their lives or were injured in road accidents.
Approximately 200 people attended the celebration.
In his keynote address, Minister of Works And Transport, Alpheus !Naruseb called on people to change their attitude.
“Road accidents are not the acts of God but are a result of failure in the system. It will not change because we are talking about it, it will change because we are doing something about it; and that is my appeal,” said !Naruseb.
He added that some people worship fast drivers and do not prevent or discourage intoxicated people from getting behind the wheel, and get surprised when they do not make it to their destinations.
He emphasised the importance of churches in road safety, saying it is their congregation members who perish in road accidents.
“Prayer brings unity of purpose and is a point of contact with our creator who knows what is best for us. Therefore, since we have this option and the promise that God answers prayers, let us continue to pray and create awareness in our congregations on the danger that lurks on the roads,” he added.
The celebration was a collaboration between the NRSC, Motor Vehicle Accident Fund, Council of Churches in Namibia, some companies within the private sector, and the community.