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SLRTA orientates Fourth Estate on road accidents

SLRTA orientates Fourth Estate on road accidents

As Sierra Leone joins the world to commemorate the Global Road Safety week and National Road Safety month on the 6th of May 2021 the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) orientates media practitioners on crashes and fatal traffic accident.

The fourth-estate was introduced to measures necessary to mitigate road traffic accident caused by drivers and riders plying the roads.

Senior Project Support Manager of the Sierra Leone Resilient Urban Mobility Project (SLIRUMP), Umaru Katta, congratulated the Executive Director for championing commemoration of the Global Road Safety week and National safety month in Sierra Leone.

He underscored that the media as a vital tool should be educated on issues surrounding road traffic accident.

The Executive Director of Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, Ibrahim Sannoh, dilated on the fundamentals of global road safety, aimed at setting standard to reduce fatal accidents.

He disclosed that the SLRSA had developed a five-year Global Road Action Plan from 2019- 2024, in cognizance of the fact that Sierra Leone has a high rate of road crashes and fatal accidents.

He registered satisfaction with the Minister of Transport and Aviation,  Kabineh Kallon,  for his support to the commemoration, which raises awareness of the entire country on the issue of road safety. He added that the focus of this year’s commemoration is “Speed Management”. He encouraged Journalists from diverse media outlets to join the campaign to ensure low speed.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted resolution 74 paragraph 299 on improving global road safety, proclaiming the global action from 2021 – 2030 with the ambitious target to prevent at least 50% of road accident and injuries before 2030.

He cited the Ghana Road Safety Policy of 30 kilometers speed limit in urban centers to create safe, healthy, green and lively environment.

 He called all motor drivers, bike riders and other road users and the general public to observe the week and avoid drinking and driving. “In 2020, Sierra Leone recorded 861 fatality from road crashes, 541 of which were male and the rest were female and children”, he disclosed.

By Sorie Brahim Amara

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