New stop signs to curb accidents

Prevention is better than cure

20 September 2021 | Local News

Alden Strauss; Municipality; “People simply do not stop at intersections.”

Swakopmund • Leena Ndakevondjo



The municipality of Swakopmund commenced with a drive to replace old stop signs at various road intersections in Matutura and the DRC informal settlement.

A number of road intersections were identified where damaged, non-visible and the absence of traffic signs contributed to accidents.

“Contrary to what has been reported, we did not put up new stop signs, but simply replaced some of the old signs to reduce traffic hazards at for example four way stops in certain areas. Drivers simply do not stop at intersections. They do not adhere to the rules of the road,” said Alden Strauss, manager of operations at the municipality.

Council announced on its Facebook page in a post on 2 September, that it had replaced a number of reported faulty stop signs.

“We wish to commend the residents of Swakopmund for keeping us informed and notifying us of damaged road signs. The public is advised to report any damaged road signs in their vicinity or location to our works section. Kindly share a photo of the damaged sign if possible, and its location,” council advised, promising to follow up the information provided.

According to Strauss, a sign cost about N$900.

Signs were put up at Shipala Tobias, Kahima Petrus and Genesis streets.

“The placement of stop signs at the identified streets will curb damage to property, accidents or even death,” he said.

Strauss called on community members to take a proactive stance against vandalism.

“Residents should be aware that the municipality spends thousands of dollars to replace damaged signs each year. This is money that could be channelled towards other pressing needs.”

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