Law enforcement ready for 2016 road safety campaign
09 December 2016 – Going into the holiday season, the Breweries said it is supporting the road safety campaign with cash and with non-alcoholic refreshments for the law enforcement officers manning all the security check points.
The road safety campaign is also supported by the National Road Safety Council; the Roads Authority; the Namibian Police; the City of Windhoek and the Motor Vehicle Accident Fund.
Breweries Managing Director, Wessie van der Westhuizen pledged more than N$400,000 comprising N$125,000 cash for the Arandis Emergency Response Base, as well as essential equipment and resources worth N$175,000 for the Brakwater; Luiperdsvallei; Swakopmund; Walvis Bay and Otjiwarongo roadblocks to strengthen operations.
Namibia Breweries Ltd will also provide 200 cases of its non-alcoholic beverages and water as refreshments for law enforcement officers.
The MVA Fund Acting Chief Executive Officer, Fanuel Uugwanga stated that since January 2016 until 20 November 2016, 617 lives were lost and 6180 people were injured in 3601 crashes. “The alarming rate of crashes has become a national health and safety issue even though we believe that crashes are preventable” he said.
Addressing the sponsors, Deputy Commissioner Ralph Ludwig confirmed that the police will focus on enhanced visibility, alcohol screening, vehicle road worthiness and enhancement of response time to accident scenes. These activities will be carried out along the B1 and B2 routes. “We are here for you, and we will make a difference this time around,” Ludwig said. To support the Namibia Police Force, Roads Authority will also conduct random Breathalyzer tests with a zero tolerance to alcohol this festive season.
The Festive Season Road Safety campaign ends on 16 January 2016.