Authorities of the Liberia National Police (LNP) have warned both commercial and private drivers that have the habit of misusing security-related sirens and signals across the country to desist from doing so as anyone caught will face the full weight of the law.
Liberia National Police (LNP) spokesperson, H. Moses Carter, gave the warning on Friday, December 7, at a news conference in Monrovia, when he said the LNP has observed, with utter dismay, the unauthorized use of security signals and sirens by individuals outside the security sector throughout the country.
“Several individuals are in the constant habit of misusing security signals and sirens to evade traffic inspection by confusing the public as to who is authorized user of security signals and sirens,” Carter said.
According to the vehicle and traffic law section 6.21, sound signals are limited to emergency vehicles. Furthermore, only police, fire service, and other emergency or official vehicle may be equipped with sirens, whistles or bells of a type approved by the Minister of Justice and should be capable of emitting sound-audible under normal conditions at a distance of at least 500 fleets.
Such sirens, whistles or bells should not be used except the vehicle is being operated in response to fire or other emergency calls in an immediate pursuit of a suspected criminal, or other emergency businesses,” Carter said.
He added that in any such events, the operator shall sound such device when reasonably necessary to warn pedestrians and other vehicle operators of its approach.
Carter said the police will not relent to arrest and prosecute anyone in line with the vehicle and traffic law of Liberia.
Meanwhile, some LNP officers have begun new operations intended to arrest suspected criminals during the festive season.
According to Carter, during the festive season, people from the 15 counties and other parts of the world usually visit family members and friends, and the LNP will not allow criminals to use the festive event to perpetrate crimes against peaceful citizens.
The LNP has a mandate to launch “Operation Guardian Angel-III” by providing security for the citizens and making sure that the celebrations take place in a peaceful environment, with strict adherence to the rule of law.
In a related development, LNP recently released a 10-month ticketing statistic from January to October 2018, with a total of 2,279 traffic violators.
“Out of that number of tickets issued, violators paid for 1,825, while 36 were challenged; 88 tickets violators warned, and 330 outstanding,” Carter said.
He added, “LNP generated and placed in government revenue the amount of L$1,946,961 and US$9,364 respectively.”