The Namibian (Windhoek)

18 December 2012

Namibia: Quiet Weekend At the Coast

BESIDES an incident where a woman from Henties Bay was seriously injured when a bakkie smashed through a wall and hit her while she was in the garden, no other serious incidents have been reported at the coast.

According to Aubry Oosthuizen of the West Coast Safety Initiative, one person was arrested on Saturday evening after he crashed his vehicle into the victim's garden, running her over outside her front door.

"She was first transferred to Swakopmund but owing to the nature of her injuries, she was later transferred by LifeLink to Windhoek for further care," he said.

The suspect is expected to appear in court today.

Oosthuizen said that the traffic flow from the inland to the coast has not been tremendous, but consistent, adding that the big influx will probably take place this weekend.

According to him, about 240 vehicles arriving at the coast per hour passed at the roadblock at Swakopmund during peak time over the weekend.

There is also an increase in spot checks for drunken driving. Most of the tests that were positive were under the legal limit, according to traffic officers. There were some arrests though. The community is also more aware and on the lookout for reckless drivers inside the towns at the coast, who are quickly reporting irresponsible driving to the police.

The regional crime investigation coordinator, Deputy Commissioner Ottilie Kashupuulwa, said no serious crimes were committed over the weekend.

Swakopmund Fire Chief Adri Goosen also said that so far the holiday has been quiet.

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