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Road Accidents: Re-enforcing, Monitoring the Traffic Laws

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Of late, too many motor accidents are occurring on Liberia’s highways, most especially the Monrovia-Buchanan and Monrovia-Gbarnga Highways.

Sadly enough, these tragic accidents are taking away many well-meaning lives.

The latest is a mid-day tragic motor accident on the Monrovia-Gbarnga highway in Central Liberia, on Wednesday, August 5, 2015, which left six persons dead and several others critically injured.

The accident is the second in recent times (two weeks ago) on the same road currently being rehabilitated by the Government of Liberia.

Eyewitnesses are quoted as saying the National Transit Authority or NTA bus – in route to the City of Ganta in Nimba County, skidded off the road, somersaulted and crashed into a mini-valley.

The cause of the accident, which occurred specifically just after the Town of Zeinzue in Suakoko District, Bong County, was reportedly attributed to “drunkenness and reckless driving” on the part of the driver who, eyewitnesses said, escaped the scene.

In our opinion, it is too soon for such tragic occurrences on these rehabilitated highways.

 

The Liberia National Police or LNP – through its public safety division, must have now had things under control on these roads. It is no secret that most drivers, especially those employed by the government and non-government organizations, take advantage of the fact that they drive for these institutions to engage in drunkenness and reckless driving on these highways leading to the interior of the country.

This does not go to suggest that only government and NGO drivers are involved in accidents. Commercial drivers, too, are involved, but those who drive for government and NGOs are mostly involved in ‘recklessness and drunkenness’, including “bull-dozing” internal checkpoints without any inspection.

We think it is about time that the LNP and other national regulatory institutions begin to re-enforce the traffic laws in relation to excessive speed through major towns and driving under the influence of alcohol, narcotic substances.

Moreover, the erection of road traffic signs and speed bickers’ before and after major towns on the highways must be seriously considered by the relevant authorities.

We are of the fervent belief that renewing/re-enforcing and monitoring these road safety mechanisms with all of the consequences against violators will, to a greater extent, minimize the constant road accidents that are leaving most of well-meaning citizens dead.

The Liberia National Police must enforce the traffic laws on all drivers and vehicles, and not only commercial vehicles and drivers, especially those with ‘yellow’ colors – the law is the law and mist continue to remain the law for all.

This is the challenge with which the police must execute its duties and functions not only in the streets of Monrovia and its environs, but the major highways, including the Monrovia-Gbarnga and Monrovia-Buchanan Highways which account for most of the tragic motor accidents in recent times.

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