Police visibility pledged on B1 road during festive season

13 Dec 2018 19:40pm
OTJIWARONGO, 13 DEC (NAMPA) – Leadership of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) in the Otjozondjupa Region has vowed to deploy more police officers on the B1 national road to increase police visibility during the festive season.
Otjozondjupa Regional Commander, Commissioner Heinrich Tjiveze said this on Thursday at the Otjiwarongo-Otavi police roadblock.
Tjiveze assured the general public about increased police visibility on the B1 road passing through Okahandja, Otjiwarongo and Otavi in his region as a sign of the police commitment in avoiding fatal road accidents.
“We are ready for the festive season. We have an operation already running from 25 November 2018 to 16 January 2019 throughout the region,” he said.
Tjiveze then issued a list of general road safety tips to motorists and passengers intending to travel on long journeys.
He said drivers and passengers alike need to inspect the general condition of the vehicles and tyres they are travelling in before starting off with their journey.
Tjiveze warned passengers not to get into vehicles in poor condition or that are already fully occupied when hitchhiking.
Several speakers at the event also expressed concern with the high number of fatal road crashes on the B1 road mostly during the festive seasons.
NamPol National Traffic Co-ordinator, Deputy Commissioner Amalia Gawanas said it is everyone’s responsibility to ensure that all public roads are safe for everyone utilising it.
“I urge all of you to adhere to the road traffic signs and road markings and also take care of each other on the public roads,” she said.
Chairperson of the National Road Safety Council, Eliphas !Owos-Oab said the council will continue to promote road safety countrywide at all times.
“We are determined to do it together with our stakeholders to ensure that our public roads are safe for everyone travelling on it,” he said.