SLRTA Warns Petty Traders
The Executive Director of Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA), Dr. Serah Bendu, has in the spirit of patriotism called on petty traders, especially those engaged in street trading, to cooperate with the authority and relevant stakeholders to promote road safety and reduce the causes of road accidents as the SLRTA is about to ginger up its road safety drive in the entire country and not just in Freetown alone.
Dr. Bendu asserted that the activities of petty traders in major streets like Sani Abacha, Goderich, Kissy, and Fourah–Bay and so on have had a negative impact on traffic and according to the SLRTA boss, this is causing people to lose their lives unnecessarily as it takes a long time for a vehicle to pass through these streets. She said that the right measures will be taken to clear these places but she did not elaborate on the measures they want to take to clear what she referred to as unclear streets.
“We are trying to get more equipment ready to clear the roads for vehicles to pass easily,” Dr. Bendu stressed.
She further noted that with the delay faced by pedestrians and vehicles due to street trading and other factors, it is true that the rate of road accidents is alarming and she added that by next year SLRTA will join its partners to beef up more active sensitization on the proper use of the road to minimize the occurrences of accidents.
Dr. Bendu informed the press that as an institution that ensures road safety in the country, the SLRTA will take the lead in raising public awareness for the good of all. She informed that the media is expected to cooperate in the road safety campaigns SLRTA is putting up. However, the police and City Councils are going to operate in consonance with SLRTA in terms of promoting road safety in the entire country.
It could be recalled that the civil society organization Health Alert has joined the SLRTA in calling on petty traders to clear up the streets.
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