Police Inspector General Col. Patrick Sudue warns owners of trucks to make sure their trucks are in good condition before plying the streets.
Speaking to Truckers Union of Liberia, Col. Sudue expresses concern about frequent accidents on highways across the country as a result of defective trucks, including the recent accident along the Robertsfield highway which led to the death of Montserrado County Representative Adolph Lawrence and a female.
Sudue says road safety requires collective effort of all Liberians.He announces that beginning this week, the Liberia National Police will introduce safety measures along the highways to avoid accident.
The Police chief warns trucks breaking down along highways and not removed will be impounded by the LNP until a fine US$100 is be paid in government account.
He says any car coming to town overloaded will be arrested, issued a ticket and its content reduced to the required weight.
Col. Sudue notes that overloaded cars plying the streets will be fined US $50, and
made to reduce speed limit for safety reason.He adds that drivers caught in drunk driving will be issued ticket for US $100 and police will impound such vehicles.
According to the police, trucks that do not meet safety standards will not be allowed
in the street, stressing the need for safety requirements such as tap light, good head light and reflector.
He notes that in Liberia, when you are enforcing the law, you become enemy of the state, adding he is willing to accept such characterization if it is what it will take to ensure vehicles plying the streets meet safety standards in to protect lives and property.
By Bridgett Milton -Editing by Jonathan Browne