Death from Traffic Accidents Drop, Police Reports Claim

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The Department of Traffic of the Liberia National Police (LNP) on December 24, released its year in review reports detailing vehicle accidents, injuries and the number of death-cases reported in the country.

The decrease in the number of accidents was due to the new traffic regulations and increased patrols around the country. 

The most notable decrease was the drop that occurred in the number of accidents that occurred between 2012 and 2013. The other categories remained relatively low.

Police reported 985 traffic-related accidents in 2013, which resulted in 1,104 injuries and 94 deaths.

The accident case listed county by county; River Gee reported five cases: no deaths and one injury; Lofa reported six cases: no death, no injuries; Grand Bassa reported 44 cases: six deaths, and 16 injuries;  Bomi reported 27 cases: two deaths, 16 injuries; Grand Cape Mount reported three cases: no deaths, three injuries; Margibi reported 18 cases: no deaths, 15 injuries;  Grand Gedeh reported five cases: no deaths, two injuries; and  Grand Kru reported six cases: no deaths, and four injuries.

Others were Nimba, that reported six cases: one death, one injury; Gbarpolu reported one case: one death, no injuries: Maryland reported 26 cases: three deaths, 14 injuries, while Montserrado reported 865 cases: 81 deaths and 1,032 injuries.

Bong, Sinoe and Rivercess recorded no case of accidents, according to the police report.

The department also released report of LD$3,374,444.99 and US$24,620.72 as money generated from the issuance of 8,108 tickets to both vehicles operators and motorcyclists for violating traffic laws.

According to Assistant Commissioner of Police, (APC) John M. Saar, the money has been deposited into government coffers at the Central Bank annex at the Ministry of Finance (MOF) and at the Temple of Justice.

“This report covered highway patrol, motorcycle, and the leeward counties,” Mr. Saar, also the Chief of Traffic, pointed out.

 “Out of the 8,108 tickets,” the police traffic boss said, “the amount of 111 tickets were challenged in court by violators, (operators) out of which 11 cases were won by those that challenged the police tickets system.”

He continued, “Also, the total of 900 motorcyclists were issued traffic violation tickets for various crimes and the  total of US$11,480,00 was generated and placed into government coffers at the Central Bank annex at both  the MOF and the Temple of Justice.”

He, however, named the lack of logistic as some of the major challenges impeding his department’s operation.

“The lack of logistics has caused serious hindrances in the performance of the traffic and especially our towing truck. We have been constrained to use our bare hands to push faulty or abandoned vehicles from the streets of Monrovia. Those we can’t take with our hands remain on the street,” the police traffic boss lamented.

“However,” ACP Saar noted, “the department was able to perform during these periods under review.”

Highlighting another constraint, the police traffic head said, “The refusal of the administration to provide money for the training of motorcyclists, the training of ticketing officers as well as the hosting a national drivers’ workshop, have brought problems to the smooth operation of my department.”

 “I’m very appreciative of all my officers and am glad that the accident rate has come down in the country, ACP Saar noted. “With limited logistics, I am proud of the work we have done to keep the country safe.”

He repeated that the decrease in the number of accidents was due to the new traffic regulations and increased patrols around the country.  “We are continuing those in the coming year,” he declared.

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