High number of traffic offences recorded over festive period

WINDHOEK: A total of 1 209 fines for speeding were issued during the past festive period since the City Police received authorisation to monitor speed over the Western Bypass in November last year.

These speeding incidents were part of several other traffic transgressions recorded over the festive season between 01 November 2014 and 15 January 2015 by the City Police’s Traffic Management Division.

Senior Superintendent Adam Eiseb informed a media briefing here on Monday that a total of 5 804 speeding offenses were recorded by speed-recording cameras during the same period.

These speeding crimes increased from 4 458 fines over the same period last year.

He explained that because the cameras operate on an automated system, physical human intervention would have to be done to go through each and every offence to verify whether the data captured is accurate and whether the number or details of transgressing motor vehicles are visible.

Other traffic fines include driving without a safety belt which saw a total of 817 fines issued; driving without a driver’s license with 972 fines dished out; overloading within the boundaries of Windhoek with 108 fines issued; and 129 fines issued to drivers who were on their mobile phones while driving.

Furthermore, 424 fines were issued for driving without a motor-vehicle registration certificate, as well as 97 penalties for unlicensed vehicles.

The City also arrested 1 590 motorists with outstanding warrants of arrest. The number increased by 725 from a total of 865 in 2013/14.

Spot fines, which include charges for expired parking time meters, decreased to 6 129 from a total of 7 021 in 2103/14.

Eiseb added that the City’s ultimate goal was to reduce crashes and injuries during the festive season, but it also looked at road traffic transgressions.

He said no fatalities were recorded during the 2014/15 festive period, compared to the previous year when six people died on roads in the capital.

Of the 878 road crashes recorded, 213 resulted in injuries.

The road crashes decreased by 252 from 1 130 crashes recorded during the same period last year, while road injuries increased with 34 cases.

Eiseb said the City was pleased with the outcome of statistics presented for the 2014/15 festive period, saying that this would be used as a guide to plan crime-prevention objectives for the current year.