The Director of the Liberia National Police Col. Clarence Massaquoi has instructed traffic officers to arrest and impound vehicles of anyone, including officials of government, that are caught using the opposite lane of Tubman Boulevard during rush hours.
Director Massaquoi named drivers of non-governmental vehicles, including United Nations Mission in Liberia, as being among those constantly violating traffic rules to the detriment of other road users.
The Police Chief said it was becoming routine for officials and others in the society to violate traffic regulations on the grounds that they were running late for work or meetings and at times use their portfolios to threaten police officers
“As Director of Police I am not prepared to risk the lives of police officers assigned in the traffic and call on those engaged in such acts to desist or face the wrath of the law,” the police boss said.
Col. Massaquoi said the actions of these violators were resulting into loss of lives and properties and maintained that the police will not hesitate to arrest, name and shame anyone caught creating a third lane for their convenience, regardless of their status in society.
According to a statement from the Liberia National Police quoting the LNP Chief, traffic laws in Liberia do not permit the usage of opposite lanes, stressing that such violation or misuse of roads gives a negative image to people visiting the country.
He said disregard for police officers on official duties in the streets by these violators was troubling and undermines the rule of law in the country.
At the same time the LNP has expressed concern over the wave of attacks against police officers by some members of the public in recent times.
Col. Massaquoi said it was disappointing to note that some Liberians were becoming lawless by mobbing law enforcement personnel, warning that such uncivilized acts can no longer be tolerated.
The Director of Police said seven LNP officers in recent times have been the victims of what he described as public brutality against police officers, and admonished those in the habit of attacking police officers to desist, and operate within the confines of the law.