30 January 2013

Namibia: Close to 1 500 Show Up to Settle Traffic Fines

CLOSE to 1 500 Windhoek motorists rushed to the office of the City Police yesterday to pay their outstanding traffic fines.

Superintendent Helena Mootseng, the City Police spokesperson, yesterday afternoon said that 1 498 motorists had paid their overdue fines. "This is a record number of people."

She said she hoped more people would show up today. "People should not be scared to come here, but they should be scared to be on the road."

On Monday, the City Police issued a warning that they would start arresting motorists today at work, at home or on the road.

This operation would continue as planned, Mootseng warned.

Municipal officials and City Police employees will not be exempted from being arrested, she said.

According to Mootseng, the operation will continue for one or two months.

Motorists with outstanding fines are guaranteed to be arrested, she emphasised. "Whether we arrest you this week or next week, you will be arrested."

According to Mootseng, there are currently 50 000 warrants of arrest outstanding. These are for fines issued as far back as 2008, the spokesperson said.

These alleged road hogs did not only fail to pay traffic fines, but also did not appear in court on the date stated on their summonses.

She said it is difficult to establish a monetary value but the total amount runs into millions of Namibia dollars. At an average of N$300 per ticket, the overdue fines are estimated to amount to N$15 million. "That is why we are taking stringent action to recover the money. They force us to take these extreme measures."

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