Seven persons survive vehicle accident

Drunk drivers cautioned
Irene Van Der Walt
Seven people escaped with their lives from an accident that happened early on Christmas morning between Karibib and Omaruru.

Sergeant Ana Frans confirmed the incident. “The driver of a seven-seater vehicle with seven occupants travelling from Otjiwarongo to Walvis Bay lost control and the vehicle overturned.”
Those injured in the accident included a 33-year-old police officer stationed in Walvis Bay. He sustained serious injuries and was transferred to Windhoek.

The other victims; a 30-year-old man from Ongwediva, a 28-year-old man from Omalala, a 26-year-old man from Oshikango and a lady from Walvis Bay, were all discharged from hospital after treatment. The 29-year-old driver and one other passenger did not sustain any injuries in the accident.

Frans urged drivers to be extra cautious on the road and to refrain from drinking and driving. She said that six drivers were arrested during operations in Walvis Bay for driving under the influence.
“We established a mini roadblock in the harbour town and this move proved very successful.”

According to Aubrey Oosthuizen of the West Coast Safety Initiative, Namibians appeared to have mastered their long-standing tradition of deadly road accidents during the festive season this year.
Oosthuysen described Christmas Day on Namibia's roads as 'quiet' and said that traffic picked up significantly on Christmas Day on the B2 road between Walvis Bay and Swakopmund. “There was an incident about 1km outside Swakopmund on the old Henties Bay Road and another one reported in the vicinity of Karibib. No lives were lost and for that we are thankful.”

Richard Klein of the Baywatch Support Group however said that numerous incidents of drunk driving were recorded in the harbour town on Christmas Day. According to him, there was a noticeable increase in the number of drunk driving incidents this year. “The neighbourhood watches help the police where and when they can. We had a cellphone theft and a number of drunk driving cases at the roadblock. People tried to run away after they were pulled over. Rather stay home if you had a drink. Also, be aware of what is going on around you. Residents need to be vigilant,” he said.

Klein said that he hoped for a quiet New Year’s Day. Due to Covid-19 some people's salaries and bonuses are not quite and I suspect that many people have already blown most of their money. We really hope for fewer accidents and criminal activities, but people do not always listen.”