The issue of adhering to Road Safety Measures still remains a major challenge in Liberia as the frequency of motor accidents across the country remains all-time high.
A 2015 WHO population statistics shortlisted Liberia as one of the countries in the world that record more traffic deaths, with 34.7 fatalities per 100,000 of the country’s population.
But as part of efforts to tackle the ugly situation which has led to the untimely deaths of many citizens over the last decades, the Ministry of Transport in collaboration with the Ministries of Public Works, Education, Health and Justice (LNP)have formulated a National Action Plan for Road Safety to be fully implemented within the next ten years (2018-2028).
The focus of the Action Plan, according to the implementers, is to deliver road safety interventions through a National Road Safety Secretariat, which will be set up and operated from the Ministry of Transport.
According to the implementers of the Road Safety Action Plan, it will take about 22.1 million United States Dollars to succeed in subverting road casualties within the next ten years in Liberia.
Speaking at a program marking the official launch of the Road Safety Action Plan in Monrovia Wednesday, October 3, 2018, President George Manneh Weah thanked the crafters of the Road Safety Action Plan, describing it as a good move to end untimely deaths in Liberia.
According to the Liberian leader, in as much as the implementation of road safety measures is important, it is also significant that the citizens be held liable for violations of safety signs/measures along the roads.
He said when citizens are fine whenever they violate any of the road safety measures; it will serve as a deterrent to would-be violators and even reduced motor accidents across major highways in the country.
President Weah also frowned on people who normally leave their vehicle on the road whenever there is a break-down.
He claimed leaving a break-down vehicle on the main road could be one of the major caused of accidents and is a complete violation of the road safety measures.
“On September 11 of this year, I lost a dear daughter in a car crash and it was a sad moment for us; she was a promising young girl that was doing her best. Chenko died just the other day because she hit a car that was parking on the road,” President Weah,52, reveals his personal experienced to the audience concerning the risk of not taking into consideration the road safety measures.
“This issue is very serious; cars that break-down along the road must have a resting place. There is a need that the engineers who build our roads design a means where break-down cars will have a resting place until it is ready to be repaired,” he added.
The Liberian leader who repeatedly emphasized on the importance of the implementation of the road safety action plan endorsed the document and called on the implementers to come up with a short-term plan which will fit-in his constitutional operations (six years).
For his part, the Deputy Minister for Administration at the Ministry of Transport, Sirleaf Tyler said the National Road Action Plan will prove the platform to reduce road fatalities and reduce destruction of properties that grossly affected the country’s GDP by an alarming 7% downward in 2017.
Deputy Minister Tyler who gives the overview of the plan during the program claimed that when implemented, the National Road Safety Action Plan will provide the opportunity to secure and facilitate Liberia’s integration in the global economy by benefiting from the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2010.
“Road Safety problems have created serious concerns globally. Approximately, 1.3 million people are killed in road accidents every year. An average of 3,287 deaths per day and further 20 to 50 million people are injured in road accident” he accentuated.