Kavango East NamPol calls for vigilance on B8 road

20 Nov 2018 17:30pm
RUNDU, 20 NOV (NAMPA) – The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Kavango East Region has cautioned motorists and pedestrians to be extra vigilant when using the B8 Trans-Caprivi Highway between Sun City and the Tuhingireni informal settlement.
NamPol’s Head of the Traffic Unit in the Kavango East Region, Chief Inspector Johny Ndumba in an interview with Nampa on Tuesday described the road as a dangerous and accident-prone zone, where a number of people have lost their lives.
Therefore, Ndumba cautioned motorists to be extra cautious, especially at night because the area has a lot of shebeens alongside the road and people living on both sides of the road.
He said the most frequent cases of accidents occur when inebriated people attempt to cross the road but lack the judgement to determine if a vehicle is close or safe for them to cross the road.
The head of the traffic unit stressed that pedestrians should also try by all means to cross when it is safe to do so as it gets dangerous especially during the festive season.
“You must makes sure that the car is at a safe distance before you cross,” cautioned Ndumba.
According to statistics provided by the unit, a total of 43 road crashes were recorded along the B8 Trans-Caprivi Highway since January this year, where two people died, compared to six fatalities the previous year and seven in 2016.