The Namibian Police Force (NamPol) has indicated that "action will speak louder than words" over this festive season, as several measures will be implemented by the police to minimise road accidents.
NamPol Head of Public Relations, Deputy Commissioner Edwin Kanguatjivi, said during a media conference on Thursday that the number of traffic police patrols has been increased to deal with speed limit offenders, while special focus will also fall on the use of seatbelts, overloading and vehicle roadworthiness.
NamPol choppers will be patrolling the highways from the air. "Past experiences have taught us that during this period road accidents increase, despite our concerted efforts with other national law-enforcement agencies to curb road fatalities," said Kanguatjivi.
According to NamPol statistics, 73 people died between November 28, 2011 and January 09, 2012, while 64 fatalities were recorded between November 28, 2010 and January 09, 2011.
Kanguatjivi said in most cases, some members of the public blame the invisibility of police presence on national roads as the cause of road fatalities, while others blame it on poor infrastructure.
"However, we can blame it on as many things as possible, but the reality is that individuals are responsible for most of the road carnage experienced on our national roads, hence the need to identify the culprits and bring them to book," he stressed.
Additional permanent and mobile roadblocks have been added to existing ones.
The deputy commissioner pointed out that Nampol would be hard at work to ensure safe travelling and accident-free roads. "Thus, we are requesting for cooperation and support in the prevention of road accidents and crime in general during this festive season," he said.
Members of the public and motorists are requested to report road traffic violations to this number - 0819682. - Additional reporting by Nampa.