Zero tolerance for traffic law infringements

The police commissioner is hoping for a crime free festive season in the Erongo region.

17 December 2018 | Local News

Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu “Let us join hands in the fight against crime, let us all be responsible at all times.”

Leandrea Louw - Commissioner Andreas Nelumbu, regional commander of the police force, said the police will have a zero tolerance approach when it comes to traffic related incidents and bad behaviour on the roads.

He made these remarks at the annual festive season media briefing.

“This year we have set up both mobile and permanent roadblocks in all towns, including Walvis Bay, Swakopmund and Karibib to deter crime and prevent accidents. In addition we will conduct random patrols and other crime prevention operations.”

However, at the start of the festive season two year old King Lion Schiefer and Leonie Camm (30) lost their lives in an accident between Arandis and Usakos. It is alleged that the one driver had overtaken a car on a blind spot resulting in a head-on collision. Both drivers only sustained slight injuries. A case of culpable homicide and reckless or negligent driving was opened.

Malcolm McNab (49) also lost his life on Monday after the car he was traveling in along with nine other occupants overturned on the C14 gravel road. The Nissan pick-up truck, who also had a trailer attached to it, was on the way to Farm Nabasib from Walvis Bay, when its rear tyre burst, resulting in the driver losing control and the vehicle overturning. The passengers ranging from four months old to 30 years old all sustained slight injuries.

“Motorist, drivers, and even passengers should prepare adequately for their journeys, drive safe, stick to the speed limit and respect the rules of the road. Avoid overloading, make sure you have a valid driver’s license, make sure the tyres of your vehicles are the correct pressure and report unbecoming behaviours on the road to the police.”

He furthermore said that there have been 115 cases of drunk driving reported for 2017/2018 festive season, compared to 49 cases reported during 2016/2017.

“The total accidents for 2017/2018 period were 256 compared to 221 of 2016/17. Seventeen slight injuries were reported of these accidents in the same time period, compared to the 27 of the 2016/17 period. Fourteen serious injuries were reported of these accidents for the same period, while in 2016/17 it was only nine. Eight fatalities were reported during 2017/18 while only three during the 2016/17 period. The majority of these fatalities were young people, where the oldest was 46 years old. Let us be safe on the roads, and not become another one of these statistics.”

Five drowning were reported last year. “We encourage people to swim at designated areas and if you can’t swim, don’t swim. Avoid drinking alcohol and then going for a swim.

On the issue of noise pollution, Nelumbu said noisy holiday goers can be reported at the nearest police station.

“If you are travelling for the holidays, make a point of it to inform the nearest police station in your area, or your neighbourhood watch, so that the area can be patrolled to prevent break-ins and theft. Let us join hands in the fight against crime, let us all be responsible at all times."

In addition, a directive was issued earlier this month prohibiting trucks from traveling on the B2 road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. This directive is aimed at trucks weighing five tonnes and above. Trucks are required to use the C14, behind Dune 7 road, from 01 December 2018 to 14 January 2019. According to Aubrey Oosthuizen, coordinator of the West Coast Safety Initiative certain trucks can ask for special permission to travel on the B2 road from the relevant authorities.

“Trucks who carry special cargo and who cannot travel on the C14 road can ask for special permission to travel via the B2 road,” Nelumbu concluded.

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