Reports emanating from the Liberia National Police or LNP point to a serious concern about recklessness in the usage of siren and other emergencies in the streets of Monrovia and its environs.
What may be more alarming to authorities of the Police is the utilization of such emergencies by unauthorized vehicles and drivers.
Most of these unauthorized vehicles and drivers illegally utilize emergency opportunities, including use of siren, to penetrate huge traffic congestions in the city and other municipalities.
It is no secret that government and NGO drivers are constantly in violation of this security regulation – only restricted to the Liberian Presidency, the Vice Presidency, as well as ambulance services, among a very few others.
While the concern being raised by the LNP may be belated, it is better late than never; it may also be appropriately timely too, probably considering the problems associated with such illegal action.
The LNP’s concern at this point-in-time, must not only be the mere public pronouncement on this unwarranted matter or its usual public relations to attract or win public sentiments, but should be characterized by necessary punitive and practical actions against violators in line with the law.
This means, its traffic and riot officers must be well capacitated at all levels to subdue anyone in violation of this traffic and security regulation. Additionally, considering the level of understanding of most of the current government and NOGs drivers, there may an urgent need for a strategic public awareness – through the broadcast and print media, as well as workshops for all drivers on one hand, and another for drivers and the police as a way of manifesting the impact of such awareness campaign.
We believe executing these strategies with the highest commitment will absolutely deter the reckless and unauthorized use of siren and other emergency opportunities by unscrupulous drivers.