05 Dec 2017 17:50pm
OTJIWARONGO, 05 DEC (NAMPA) - Nearly 300 residents of the Otjozondjupa Region on Tuesday gathered at Otjiwarongo for a half-day prayer session for an accident free B1 road during this festive season.
The Office of the Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge, organised the event, held for the third consecutive year, which took place at the permanent police roadblock between Otavi and Otjiwarongo.
Regional and local authority councillors, pastors from different congregations and religious members said they were humbling themselves before God in prayers for his divine intervention in protecting lives of travellers on the B1 road and other public roads in the country.
We are gathered here because we are concerned about the increasing fatal road accidents on our public roads, said Governor Ipinge.
He said his office was disturbed by the persistent loss of lives in accidents mostly on the B1 roads between Okahandja-Otjiwarongo and Otjiwarongo-Otavi.
Ipinge then called on the introduction of stiffer traffic fines for vehicle operators found violating the national traffic laws.
He said traffic fines, the majority of which are below N.dollars 4 000, should be increased to N.dollars 25 000 or imprisonment or both in order to punish those found guilty of risking the lives of other road users.
Motor Vehicle Accident Fund Manager for Accident and Injury Prevention, Sidney Boois on his part said there should be a law that allows courts to revoke driving licences of second traffic law offenders.
In the meantime, he called on the general public and passengers in vehicles to observe and report any bad driving on public roads to the police.
Boois stressed that vehicle occupants should be whistle-blowers on bad driving attitudes in the country.
Namibian Police Force Otjozondjupa Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze also expressed sadness about the fatal accidents that claimed the lives of 13 people on Sunday in the Outjo and Okahandja districts in his region.
Tjiveze said 10 lives were lost in a road accident between Okahandja and Karibib on Sunday evening when two vehicles collided and burst into flames, burning all 10 occupants beyond recognition.
He said on that same Sunday morning three school learners in Outjo lost their lives after a vehicle they were travelling in overturned and rolled several times outside the town.
He said since January this year, about 105 lives have been lost on the public roads in Otjozondjupa, a statistic he blamed on bad driving attitudes.