Otjozondjupa governor wants festive season roadblocks set up already

Governor of the Otjozondjupa Region, Otto Ipinge on Tuesday called on the police to start establishing roadblocks on major public roads in the region in order to reduce road crashes during this upcoming festive season.

Ipinge made this call at a daylong meeting aimed at formulating strategies on how different stakeholders should prevent road accidents in the region.

The meeting was attended by road safety stakeholders at Otjiwarongo to strategise ways and means on how to curb road accidents on the public roads.

Ipinge at the meeting expressed concerns with the fast increasing number of road accidents in his region on a portion of the B1 road between Okahandja and Otjiwarongo, Otjiwarongo and Otavi.

I am really concerned the accidents are happening on nearly daily basis and killing our precious people. My office cannot sit idle and watch these lives being taken away in road accidents. Therefore, I want us to do something effective, he said.

Ipinge then repeatedly told members of the Namibian Police Force (NamPol) to enforce the traffic laws on the public roads without fear and favour, and also to mount several permeant and temporary roadblocks where inspection of vehicle's general conditions would be done.

The Governor also warned the police against sympathising with the drivers who intentionally breaks the traffic laws, but to lock them in holding cells until a competent court makes a ruling on such cases.

Ipinge expressed concerns with the cases of overloading, drinking and driving on the B1 road, saying it is one of the major factors contributing to high number of road crashes in Otjozondjupa.

Ipinge told stakeholders who were present at the meeting to stand up and de-campaign the sale of alcohol at fuel stations where motorists are now buying and consume it while still travelling long distances.

Speeding and the use of cellphones while operating a vehicle on the public roads should be a seriously punishable offence, said Ipinge.

He also called on various corporate companies to support the police in executing duties on the public roads or by repairing their vehicles which are standing with minor defects so that these vehicle would be used in increasing the police visibilities public roads.

Representatives of the Motor Vehicle Accident (MVA) Fund, National Road Safety Council, Otjozondjupa Regional Council and Otjozondjupa police also made presentations and suggestions at the event on how the law enforcement agents and the general public should prevent the road accidents.

NamPol traffic officers, Otavi and Otjiwarongo local authority traffic departments, regional and local authority councillors and government officials from different ministries in the region also attended.

Source: Namibia Press Agency