Many drunk drivers arrested during festive season

05 January 2018 | Crime

Jessica Botes

Special operations by members of the Namibian police during the festive season, led to the arrest of 62 people who were driving under the influence of alcohol.

According to the Erongo crime investigation coordinator, deputy commissioner Erastus Iikuyu, these drunken driving cases were registered from 17 December until 1 January 2018 in the Erongo region. A total of 22 people were arrested in Walvis Bay, 16 in Swakopmund and 5 in Henties Bay. A further four people were arrested in Karibib, seven in Mondesa, six in Kuisebmond, one in Omaruru and one in Tutaleni.

Iikuyu said that some of the suspects have paid N$8 000 bail while the others remained in custody until appearing in court.

The Walvis Bay Nampol Reservists and members of the police stationed at various roadblocks conducted random alcohol tests throughout the festive season. Reservists and members of the police also set up random roadblocks in the coastal towns where alcohol tests were conducted.

By Tuesday, holidaymakers and visitors to the coast already started heading back home. This resulted in the highest ever recorded vehicle count at the Swakopmund roadblock. According to the West Coast Safety Initiative’s Facebook page, a total of 1 011 vehicles were traveling on the B2 highway between Swakopmund and Usakos on Tuesday. At 12:00 a total of 731 vehicles per hour were leaving the coastal region while 280 vehicles per hour were entering the coastal region.

This mass exodus has been very noticeable at the coastal towns with beaches, streets and shopping centres being a lot less crowded.

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