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Commentary: Safeguarding Our Streets-Policy Proposals for Traffic Regulation in Liberian Cities

By: Austin S Fallah – A True Son of Liberia, Africa and the Planet Earth:

Liberia’s city streets serve as vital arteries, pulsing with the lifeblood of commerce, connecting people and fostering economic growth.

However, they have increasingly become hazardous lanes where a mixture of unregulated heavy traffic and illegal checkpoints undermine public safety and impede economic progress.

The country stands at a crossroads where decisive action is necessary.

Enforcing stringent safety measures is not just a choice but an exigent duty to save lives and protect properties.

This commentary contends that regulatory action that restricts the movements of large trucks during peak hours and eliminates illegal roadblocks are both essential and urgent for the well-being and prosperity of Liberian cities.

Liberia, like many developing nations, faces the daunting task of balancing economic needs with public safety.

The bustling activity of trade must continue, yet not at the expense of lives and infrastructure.

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The proposition to limit container trucks, lumber trucks, logging trucks, and other large vehicles from plying the streets between 8 am and 8 pm may seem like an impasse to commerce, but it must be viewed as a protective veil that shields the citizenry and their businesses from preventable catastrophes.

Within the realm of urban development and planning, the regulation of traffic, especially heavy vehicles, is crucial.

The sight of a container truck looming over smaller vehicles during rush hour is enough to send shivers down the spine of any driver.

The risk of accidents is astronomical. These vehicles are not only a menace to the flow of traffic, but they bring with them a propensity for destruction that can claim lives, damage roads, and result in the loss of valuable property.

Let us evaluate a city that respects and enforces time-specific traffic rules—Kigali.

The Rwandan capital in Africa is notable for its management of truck traffic, especially during rush hours, thereby creating an environment that balances industrial activity and public welfare.

The pressing question remains.  How will goods move efficiently during daylight restrictions?

The answer lies in the strategic use of smaller vehicles, such as pickups and vans, that can navigate the streets with lesser risk and reduced wear on the roads.

These scaled-down fleets can operate within cities, distributing goods from outer holding areas where larger trucks can offload their cargo.

This model, in practice in metropolises across the globe, is not only pragmatic but adaptable to the needs of Liberian cities, ensuring that the wheels of commerce turn without grinding down the quality of urban life.

An equally malignant issue plaguing Liberia’s roadways is the scourge of illegal checkpoints.

These impromptu barriers to movement are more than mere inconveniences.

They are tumors on the face of free trade and community mobility.

They sow seeds of distrust and insecurity among citizens and signal to potential investors that Liberia is shackled by the whims of unscrupulous officials and officers.

To dismantle these checkpoints is to dismantle an environment of fear and frustration.

Government intervention in the form of surveillance, rigorous accountability, and the prosecution of culpable officers is urgently required to restore confidence and facilitate smooth traffic flow.

Enforcing traffic regulations and addressing illegal roadblocks are matters intrinsically tied to the enforcement of the law and public perception.

A government firm in its commitment to the rule of law will be perceived as competent and caring.

Liberian law enforcement agencies must operate with transparency, efficiency, and consistency, ensuring that the legal boundaries set for public safety are not surpassed by any.

This stance would surely elevate national and international perspectives regarding safety and order within the country.

It will communicate to all stakeholders, including potential investors, that Liberia prioritizes the safety and well-being of its communities.

The implementation of time-specific traffic regulations and the eradication of illegal checkpoints are not mere proposals.

They are essential mandates for the uninterrupted pulse of life in Liberian cities.

To incorporate these changes is to choose a path of vigilance and progress, where commerce thrives in the confines of sanity and safety.

It is a testament to respect for the welfare of citizens, for the endurance of infrastructure, and for the sanctity of law and order.

This is the standard to which Liberia must hold itself, not in the distant future, but in the immediate and actionable present.

Only through the brave embrace of these protective measures can we shield our cities from the calamity of unregulated hazards and ensure that Liberians can navigate their streets knowing that their lives, properties, and economic potentials are secured.

It is a calling of the highest order for those in the seats of power to wield their authority judiciously, ensuring that safety and prosperity are not mutually exclusive but harmoniously intertwined destinies for the Liberian people.

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