Otjozondjupa leadership saddened by fatal accidents on B1 road

06 Dec 2018 14:10pm
OTJIWARONGO, 06 DEC (NAMPA) - Otjozondjupa Regional Governor, Otto Ipinge has expressed sadness about reports of fatal accidents on the B1 road which have claimed many lives.
He was speaking at the fourth edition of a half-day prayer session for an accident-free road at the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) roadblock on the Otjiwarongo-Otavi B1 road, Wednesday.
“We are really sad. The death toll due to fatal accidents is on the increase on this road passing through our region, and it is not because the road is bad or cursed, but this is mostly caused by human elements,” he said.
The governor thus urged drivers to keep within the speed limit and to adhere to road markings and signs.
NamPol’s Otjozondjupa Regional Commander, Heinrich Tjiveze at the same occasion informed the gathering that his office is still mourning the death of the 16 people who died in accidents between Otjiwarongo and Otavi on 10 August and 07 November 2018.
He said his office is at an advanced stage of identifying the deceased, who were burnt beyond recognition in these accidents.
Tjiveze said it is shocking that some motorists still operate their vehicles while heavily intoxicated on the B1 road.
“In September this year, we arrested 27 motorists who were found driving under the influence of alcohol and they appeared in court, where they admitted guilt,” he noted.
The Regional Commander promised to station more police traffic officers on the road, who will check the roadworthiness and general condition of vehicles as well as driver’s licences.