NamPol calls for vigilance on B10 road

11 Aug 2018 11:00am
NKURENKURU, 11 AUG (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango West Region has cautioned drivers to be vigilant when driving along the B10 national road due to an increase in the number of accidents involving wildlife, pedestrians and domestic animals.
The B10 road stretches from Rundu to Okongo.
In an interview with Nampa on Friday, NamPol’s Kavango West Crime Investigations Coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Rudolf Mbumba, said that vehicle accidents involving the three categories remain a key challenge.
“Drivers need to display some level of caution because the root cause is speeding as drivers are not complying with the law of 120 kilometres per hour. By the time motorists see the cattle crossing the road it is too late,” he said.
Mbumba also cautioned pedestrians to keep a safe distance from the road as accidents involving pedestrians are also on the rise, without providing statistics.
He noted that the police have embarked on an educational campaign through local radio stations to inform communities to keep a safe distance from tarred roads.
With reference to accidents involving wildlife, the NamPol official explained that in June this year an elephant was hit by a van travelling from Rundu to Nkurenkuru.
A separate accident involving an elephant also occurred on Tuesday along the same road, causing extensive damage to the vehicle.