Arrests at roadblocks this festive season

18 Nov 2013 18:50pm
WINDHOEK, 18 NOV (NAMPA) - The Windhoek City Police on Monday warned that they will deal seriously with motorists who will be failing to adhere to traffic laws or travelling for the festive season without settling their traffic fines.
The City Police said since they launched the “Play Your Part” campaign for the festive season, a total four drivers were arrested for drunk driving; 173 drivers received citations for various infringements and 17 vehicles of drivers who opted to abscond when confronted with outstanding warrants of arrest were impounded.
Statistics from the previous festive season show that 342 cases of vehicle crashes; four fatalities and 84 injuries were recorded
This year, the City Police's main focus will be drunk-driving and vehicle/driver fitness.
According to City Police Superintendent Gerhard Kakonda, drivers who use their mobile phones without hands-free kits will immediately face a fine of N.dollars 2 000.
He also urged vehicle occupants to behave in a responsible manner, especially as regards the wearing of seat belts.
“Drivers will be fined N.dollars 500 per child below the age of 16 if such a child is not strapped-in while adult passengers will receive a fine of N.dollars 1 000 for failing to wear a seat belt,” he said.
Two mobile speed cameras with laser and radar capabilities, an automatic number plate recognition system and four digital red-light speed cameras will be deployed by the City Police at high-risk intersections with traffic lights.
The City Police superintendent also added that arrests will be made at roadblocks if motor vehicle users have outstanding warrants.
Kakonda added that “delays that will be associated with roadblocks should not be seen as a punishment but rather as an effort to save lives.”