NAMIBIAN business community pledged their support for the 2016/17 Festive Season Road Safety Campaign (FSRSC) to the tune of more than 1 million at a press conference hosted on 25 November 2016 by National Road Safety Council, Roads Authority, Windhoek City Police, Namibia Police Force, Private Sector Road Safety Forum, Roads Fund Administration and Ministry of Works and Transport.
The MVA Fund Acting CEO 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 are slowly and surely becoming a national health and safety issue in Namibia even though we believe that crashes are preventable.” He further urged businesses and organisations to consider forging long-term partnerships for more sustainable support toward the prevention of crashes and ultimately improved public health.
The FSRS campaign ends on 16 January 2016 and will focus on law enforcement, emergency medical response services (EMRS) and road safety education. 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 scene of crash. 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,” the Deputy Commissioner said.
To support the Namibia Police Force, Roads Authority will also conduct random breathe testing with a zero tolerance to alcohol these festive season.
To enhance emergency response services, the Arandis and Omuthiya EMRS Bases will be activated. Continuous awareness on road safety will also be conducted, focusing on vulnerable groups such as the 16 to 35 year olds and pedestrians.
The Ministry of Works and Transport acknowledged the contributions made by both public and private institutions who commit their time, resources and efforts to advance the cause of road safety. As an active supporter of integrated road safety approach, the Private Road Safety Forum calls upon the public to make road safety their priority this festive season.
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