Police spokesman George Bardue has disclosed measures to reduce theft, robbery, traffic congestion and accidents for the 2010 Christmas Celebration in Monrovia.
George Bardue said by Thursday December 16, 2010, the Liberia National Police or LNP will erect checkpoints at various entry points or locations in and around Monrovia to ensure that all vehicles and drivers are thoroughly inspected to avoid unnecessary traffic congestion and other criminal activities during the season.
“The essence of erecting these checkpoints is to curb the high speed of the vehicles and other traffic congestion… and we will also be inspecting those people of instruments that could cause violence; and that those operators of vehicles that are suspected of being under the influence of alcohol or drug will be subjected and ordered to submit themselves,” he said.
He furthered that given the over-crowdedness of Monrovia and the anticipated influx of rural dwellers for the Christmas Celebration, heavy duty trucks totting containers will not be allowed to run in the street from 7:30am to 6:30pm beginning December 16, 2010 until January 2, 2011.
According to George Bardue, police will not allow heavy duty trucks during the time of the day mentioned. He however urged the public as well as vehicles operators to cooperate with the security measure for the safety of all Liberians.
Holidays celebrations in Liberia have sometimes been marked by accidents and untimely deaths reports, when both drivers and passengers become uncontrollable in their alcoholic mood before taking the street. Similar incidents are sometimes reported from beaches as well.
During the November 29, 2010 Tubman Birthday Celebration in Liberia, there were widespread reports of deaths and accidents occurring, with others drowning on beaches here.