Karas Governor Calls for Safer Roads

THE Karas governor Bernadus Swartbooi has called for improved roads to create a safer environment for motorists in the region.

Speaking at the Hardap and Karas Regional Joint Traffic Law Enforcement Committee consultative dinner at Keetmanshoop on Monday night, Swartbooi said there are “little efforts” to make highways user-friendly.

“Perhaps, ageing and narrow road surfaces, and lack of ablution facilities along the roads account for some of the accidents,” he said. Swartbooi also suggested that the capabilities of the region’s traffic officers to “adequately police” the roads should be enhanced by issuing to them “faster vehicles” to pursue speeding drivers.

He further noted that local authorities do not take urban road safety seriously, saying “road marking signs” are lacking in some towns. Also speaking at the event, the committee’s regional coordinator, Sebulon Meunjo, said collective efforts are needed to ensure a safer road traffic environment.

“I learned very early that road safety is not something that is done to a community or society as a whole, but something that is done with and in consultation with the community,” Meunjo added.

Statistics revealed at the consultative meeting show that road crashes and deaths both in Karas and Hardap regions have increased since 2010.

In 2013, 115 road crashes were reported in Karas region compared to 2010 (56), 2011 (87), and 2012 (119). In Hardap region 192 road crashes were recorded in 2013 compared to 2010 (78), 2011 (119) and 2012 (174).

The road crashes resulted in 40 fatalities being reported in 2013 in Karas region compared to 2010 (29), 2011 (29) and 2012 (25).

In Hardap region 42 road deaths were reported in 2013, compared to 2010 (31), 2011 (30) and 2012 (31).

Source : The Namibian