OTJIWARONGO: The Namibian Police Force (NamPol)’s Otjozondjupa regional highway patrol traffic unit issued more than N.dollars 90 000 in fines to speeding drivers over the long weekend.
NamPol’s Crime Investigations Coordinator for the Otjozondjupa Region, Deputy Commissioner Moses Khairabeb told Nampa in an interview on Wednesday that police officers had set up five speed cameras on the road between Okahandja and Otavi.
The intensified police highway patrol operation started on Friday, and ended on Monday.
“We had two speed camera traps in the Otavi District, and three more on the road between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja,” Khairabeb explained.
He said the Okahandja-Otjiwarongo road, as well as the road between Otjiwarongo and Otavi were busy on all four days, prompting the traffic officers to intensify their patrols and roadblocks at some strategic points.
“We all know that 120 kilometres per hour (km/h) is the maximum speed allowed on our national roads by law. Therefore, any person exceeding that speed is contravening the law,” Khairabeb noted.
He said officers in the Otavi area fined 24 drivers who exceeded the speed limit of 120 km/h. The fines amounted to N.dollars 46 000.
Between Otjiwarongo and Okahandja, 25 drivers were fined a total of N.dollars 45 750.
The deputy commissioner thanked law-abiding motorists who comply to the 120 km/h speed limit.
“We don’t want any loss of life on our national roads due to speed-related accidents. Our operations were successful and we did not record any fatal road accidents over the past weekend,” he stated.