Police receive vehicles and gear worth N$15m

Although road accidents are the number one cause of death in Namibia, the country is also rated among the ten countries with the best roads.

13 October 2021 | Accidents

ELLANIE SMIT

WINDHOEK

The Namibian Police have received 25 new traffic law enforcement vehicles worth more than N$11.37 million from the Road Fund Administration (RFA).

The RFA also donated five Trucam speed cameras, five Intoxylazer breath analysers, and five Max X alcohol screening devices to the value of more than N$3.6 million.

The combined value of the vehicles and equipment is N$15 million.

The executive director for the safety and security ministry, Etienne Maritz, said a total of 14 242 road accidents were recorded during the 2019/2020 financial year, resulting in 381 fatalities, 1 048 serious injuries and 1 903 slight injuries.

The following financial year there was a decrease in accidents, with 12 017 recorded, resulting in 303 fatalities, 1 061 serious injuries and 1 776 slight injuries.

Paradox

Maritz pointed out that although road accidents are the number one cause of death in Namibia, the country is also rated among the top ten countries with the best roads.

“This correlation highlighting the highest number of road crashes, fatalities and injuries in the world and the road infrastructure is quite worrisome,” he said.

He said that underscores the need for a mixture of responsible driving, public collaboration and renewed efforts by the police in safeguarding people.

Maritz said the festive season, which is renowned as a time when most car crashes occur, is fast approaching.

“Therefore, I wish to reiterate the need for all road safety stakeholders to come together in unison to have those important conversations on how to ensure the safety of the nation.”

Maritz said the donation would make a significant contribution towards improving traffic law enforcement.

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