SLRTA trains judicial drivers
The Sierra Leone Road Transport Association (SLRTA) in collaboration with the Judicial and Legal Training Institute of Sierra Leone on Thursday 20th March 2014 commenced a two day drivers training session for judicial drivers. The training which was held at the Headquarters of the SLRTA at kissy road in Freetown attracted over twenty participants/trainees. (Photo: Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu, SLRTA Executive Director)
In her statement, the Consultant Master and Registrar Madam Julia Sakodie Mensah said the training was as a result of the recent spate of road crashes in the country and such should not be allowed to continue as a responsible institution they have realized that there is lots of unethical and lawless driving in the country. In order to make the President’s Agenda for Prosperity and the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety a reality they must join hands with the SLRTA to set the pace in minimizing road traffic fatality in the country. She however expressed her profound gratitude to the Executive Director Sarah Bendu and entire Management and staff of the SLRTA for the gesture.
The Executive Director of the SLRTA Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu said road crash is becoming the order of the day, adding that from January 2014 till date they have recorded 61 deaths and that all those victims are the vulnerable road user. “The SLRTA has been working tirelessly to reduce road traffic crashes in the country” Dr. Sarah Bendu Said.
Speaking on the necessity for drivers training, the consultant Training Coordinator of SLRTA Mr. Kolo B.M Kamara said driving is a complex occupation by itself and therefore needed to be upgraded constantly so as to be on top of the profession. He continued that ever so frequently new models of vehicles are produced with all sorts of sophisticated gadgets all in the interest of safety, comfort and reliability which need specialized training for their operations.
“The vehicular population which increases by the day poses yet another cause for concern especially in relations to road safety- the safety of human lives and property” Mr. Kolo Kamara said. He concluded that necessity therefore for drivers training and continuous refreshers driving courses should not be over emphasized.
By SLRTA Communications Unit.
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