The traffic section of the Liberian National Police (LNP) over the weekend launched road safety awareness in Grand Bassa County. Speaking at the launch of the awareness, Police Chief of Traffic Alphonso D. Binda said the awareness is the second of its kind since he took over as Chief of Traffic.
He recalls that the first one was launched in Montserrado County in June this year.Mr. Binda says the launch is intended to educate the people on the issues of road safety. According to him, road safety has always and continues to be a major problem across the 15 Counties here, leading to death, injuries and damage of properties.
Binda adds that there are many motor vehicle operators and citizens who are unaware of the alarming number of road fatalities from police accident statistics.He says as a first step to the National Road Safety awareness across the nation, the LNP has released 12 years accident statistics from 2007 to 2018.
He discloses that the purpose of releasing the report is to ensure that the public is aware of the increasing rate of road fatalities and become conscious of the need to participate in any effort of the LNP. Police statistics reveal that over the 12 years period, 14,505 road accident cases were reported from the 15 counties.
Also the City Mayor of Buchanan, Grand Bassa Moses Hynes says due the lack of awareness, Liberia has lost lot of people.According to him, for every accident that happened, it is a lost to the country.
Mr. Hynes concludes that road safety is important and it is everybody’s business.For his part, Ambrose Nebo, commissioner of police for Administration says road safety has reached a point that Liberians can no longer remain silent.Also the advisor of GIZ Liberia Yana Tumakova says GIZ’s role is to support Liberian government in the implantation of the transport policy.
By Bridgett Milton –Edited by Winston W. Parley