The Traffic and Road Safety Network of Liberia (TARSNOL) says its attention has been drawn to the current wave of fatal motor accidents leading to the deaths and injuries of valuable citizens.
Speaking at a news conference Thursday, 10 September, the CEO of TARSNOL, Abraham Wheon said the news about accident deaths have now reached National Public Health Crisis proportion and deserves national attention of every stakeholder who means well for healthy existence.
According to Wheon, in 2019, the Liberia National Police reported 40 accident deaths in 10 months just on the Monrovia- Gbarnga road, while with just eight months in 2020, the death toll kept climbing with several of these accidents leading to deaths occurring on major highways due to no speed limits enforcement.
He also laments that public officials’ violations of traffic regulations have caused ordinary citizens to also violate regulations, thereby putting the vulnerable road users’ lives at serious risk.
TARSNOL says it appreciates the supply of electricity by the Government of Liberia in homes, but it alarms that the streets remain in darkness.
The group says roads especially in cities are designed with functional street lights to help road users’ sight, but nowadays the cities are dark, thus eroding night time beautification of the city and posing serious risk and security threat to night time road users.
On Thursday, 13 August 2020, the House of Representatives summoned Police Inspector General Patrick Sudue and Transport Minister Samuel A. Wlue over the increase in road accident cases across the country and the low presence of police in rural Liberia.
TARSNOL wants to commend members of the House of Representatives for carrying out their fiduciary duty in the area of oversight, but says the action is belated.
TARSNOL reminds members of the House that this action was most needed when one of their own colleagues, Representative Adolph Lawrence died in a fatal motor vehicle crash as a result of abandoned truck parked on a major international highway.
The group also explains that the action was taken when school going children packed in a bus sustained serious injuries and some died in a car crash on the Monrovia- Gbarnga highway.
TARSNOL’s CEO Mr. Wheon notes that there are lots of defective vehicles in the streets posing danger day by day and those vehicles are qualified as roadworthy owing to the fact that the Ministry issues them valid license plates.
By Bridgett Milton–Edited by Winston W. Parley