Liberia National Police (LNP) Chief of Public Safety, T. Nelson Freeman, has blamed the recent spate of road accidents on ‘excessive speeding’ and the failure of motorists to observe road safety measures.
He also blamed “irresponsible driving,” for leading to many of the accidents.
Inspector Nelson made the disclosure in an exclusive interview with the Daily Observer in Ganta, Nimba County, where accidents are reported on a daily basis.
He said road safety, including engineering, education and enforcement, when observed by drivers, would considerably reduce the rate of accidents in the country.
He said after the engineering phase, the next thing is the education and then the enforcement aspect of the road safety signs, which traffic police often enforce to curtail the rate of accidents.
Nelson believes that most of the drivers plying the roads are not educated on traffic rules and signs, therefore, they are proned to cause accidents.
“Most of the drivers do not know where and when to overtake another car; do not know traffic signs; and even where to limit their speed,” he added.
“Under the highway law, the motorist should know where and when to overtake another car and also know speed limit signs for a residential area,” he explained.
The LNP, he said, is lobbying for funding to conduct massive training for motorists in traffic conjested counties including Montserrado, Bomi, Margibi, Bong, Nimba and Grand Gedeh.
Recently, a truck loaded with farm produce and carrying 20 passengers heading from Tappita in Nimba to Monrovia, plunged into a valley at the infamous Kparkor Hill near Frelela in Bong County killing several of the passengers.