Car accidents a Namibian tragedy

15 Dec 2017 08:00am
OKAHANDJA, 15 DEC (NAMPA) – “This is not just a tragedy for families of the victims, it is a Namibian pain and loss,” said family members of the 10 people who died in a head-on crash on the Okahandja-Karibib road on 04 December.
They made the statement in a joint tribute delivered on their behalf during a mass memorial service held on Thursday at the spot of the accident, some 20 kilometres west of Okahandja.
“We have lost great men, women and children and we can no longer afford to lose any more lives this way.”
The families emphasised the importance of a good attitude towards life and togetherness, and said they have taken a collective stand to declare zero tolerance on the increasing number of road accidents.
“We owe it to the ones we have lost and to the generations to come. Let us all take the responsibility to teach the other and look out for each other for our own safety and that of our children and our country.”
Lesley Katjangua, a family member of one of the victims, referred to road accidents in Namibia as a national crisis and made several proposals to prevent death on roads.
He suggested voluntarily first aid training to drivers as, according to him, drivers of other cars are mostly the first to arrive at accident scenes, but due to lack of knowledge, they may kill people in their efforts to help.
Katjangua also called for compulsory fire extinguishers in cars to be used during accidents involving other cars and, if possible, for all cars to have a maximum speed limit of 120 kilometres per hour.
He also advised drivers to know contact numbers of emergency services to call in case of accidents.