Where is the Road Safety?
Most of our accidents are not accidents; they are a deliberate result of over speeding and other forms of recklessness on the highways. We are today witnessing a high rate of accidents that have sent many to untimely graves.
The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) has been doing very well in trying to minimize the high rate of accidents via its numerous road safety campaigns but it appears the efforts of the SLRSA have not been yielding the required dividend; otherwise, the accidents would not be rampant on particularly our highways.
Our highways are still unsafe and one is likely to die anytime one travels in this country. Many of our drivers can drive well, but do not know how to properly use the roads. The highways have lost most of the road signs that were guiding our drivers, making the situation worse.
Moreover, the manner in which many people obtain licenses in this country is questionable. We are reliably informed that many people obtain licenses without going through the right tests and other required procedures, that is a plain fact that the SLRSA will not dispute as some of those who obtain the automatic licenses have been boasting that they got it via money, not by merit.
The traffic police officers also have a role to play in minimizing road accidents and one such role is to ensure no visibly defective vehicle plies the roads. But this role is often being sacrificed on the altar money. There is also the need for the police to be equipped with the necessary equipment to be testing the narcotic content in the system of our drivers, many of whom believe that they can drive best under the influence of alcohol, Cannabis Sativa, and other narcotic substances. Overloading must also be discouraged to ensure that accidents are minimized.
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