The Ministry of Transport and the National Road Accident Prevention Program have taken accident prevention and road safety messages to rural Liberia, aimed at saving lives in the country.
Speaking to the NewDawn in Monrovia recently, Transport Ministry Director of Press and Public Affairs Mr. Samuel G. Barjibo says a team of technocrats from the Ministry will be visiting Margibi and Bong counties this week to spread the road accident prevention message and its benefit to vehicle owners, operators, pedestrians, and rural dwellers.
He explains that the Ministry’s outreach campaign is also intended to provide detailed information about the expected batch of jungle motorbikes, ambulances, and tow trucks, among others that are expected in the country to make things easier for Liberians.
Mr. Barjibo narrates that the jungle motorbikes are intended to provide constant patrol of roads being used by vehicle operators and to also alert the ambulances about motor vehicle accidents for prompt intervention.
He notes that the National Road Accident Prevention Program (NRAPP) will take care of removing from the roads, all accident and broken down vehicles.
According to him, this will save the cost of paying for towing services as well as the risk associated with people trying to repair broken down vehicles on the road which could cause another oncoming vehicle to run into them and cause casualties.
Mr. Barjibo explains further that education will also be provided on the risk of leaving broken down vehicle on the road with the anticipation of removing it the following day.
According to Mr. Barjibo, this could cause thieves to break into the abandoned vehicle and steal its important parts and other valuable items.
Barjibo disclosed that the NRAPP outreach campaign will further educate rural Liberians and owners of vehicles on the danger of sleeping in broken down vehicles on the highway at night.
He explains that this could cause armed robbers to attack occupants of the broken down vehicles.
Mr. Barjibo adds that the NRAPP, the first of its kind in Africa, will be enjoyed by all registered motor vehicles, heavy and light duty trucks operating in the country.
He continues that the NRAPP project will also create employment opportunities for many qualified Liberians nationwide.
He encourages rural dwellers to come out in their numbers to participate in these events so as to be able to ask questions that they might have.By Emmanuel Mondaye–Edited by Winston W. Parley