Drivers should get guidelines on accident prevention: Dienda

07 Jun 2019 17:40pm
WINDHOEK, 07 JUN (NAMPA) – Information on safe driving should be handed out for free especially to those who have recently acquiring their driving licences, to help curb unnecessary road accidents across the country, Member of Parliament (MP), Elma Dienda, suggested on Thursday.
The Popular Democratic Movement (PDM) representative made these remarks in the National Assembly while making her contribution on the state of driving on Namibian roads debate and its consequent carnages.
Dienda said research shows that issues contributing to road accidents include driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, reckless driving, speeding, running red lights and driving without a licence, amongst other unlawful acts.
“The Roads Authority should ensure that every driver receives a road accident prevention handout and hold regular consultations with drivers across the country to also hear from them first-hand on how to better improve the roads,” said Dienda.
Dienda said ideally, the driving handouts should be made available and distributed to all drivers using Namibian roads.
She further recommended that road signs be repaired on time and urged road authorities not to compromise when it comes to vehicles that are not roadworthy.
However, the MP is not in favour of crosses erected next to national roads mostly by families in remembrance of those that perished on the roads.
“To erect crosses on the road sides is like driving through a graveyard. It is not for any driver when driving alongside these roads. No crosses to be put up,” she said.
Also contributing to the debate was PDM’s Vipuakuje Muharukua, who suggested that Namibia should come up with a call centre where the public could call in to alert the police about any bad driving.
“If we have a call centre where our drivers, including passengers, can report any bad driving, this will reduce avoidable accidents from happening, especially on our national roads, including urban areas,” said Muharukua.