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LSA is appealing to the Government of Liberia (GOL) for road safety measures in Liberia

Updated: Feb 23

Picture from TLC Africa: Car accident in Libera

In response to the alarming rate of road accidents in Liberia, the Liberian Swedish Association (LSA) is urgently appealing to the Government of Liberia (GOL), under the leadership of President Dr. George M. Weah, to implement robust measures and regulations aimed at curbing the high incidence of accidents in the country.

Reports from various news outlets and eyewitnesses within Liberia paint a grim picture of the devastating toll road accidents exact on the nation, with thousands of lives lost annually. Recognizing the urgent need for action, LSA is urging the Liberian government and lawmakers to prioritize road safety initiatives and establish comprehensive programs designed to mitigate risks on the nation's roads.

Among the key measures advocated by LSA are the enforcement of mandatory yearly vehicle inspections to ensure roadworthiness, along with stringent penalties for traffic violations such as speeding, drunk driving, and operating a vehicle under the influence of narcotics. Additionally, there is a pressing need to address the widespread disregard for safety gear, including helmets for motorcycle riders and seat belts for all vehicle occupants, including child car restraint seats for young passengers.

Moreover, LSA emphasizes the importance of infrastructure improvements to enhance road safety, including the installation of traffic signs, street lights, and traffic signals at critical intersections. Furthermore, the prompt removal of broken down and defective vehicles from roadsides is imperative to minimize hazards.

To effectively enforce road safety laws, LSA stresses the importance of equipping the police force with adequate resources and training. Empowering law enforcement agencies to rigorously enforce regulations will serve as a deterrent against reckless behavior on the roads.

LSA firmly believes that by implementing these comprehensive measures, the lives of all road users—be they drivers, passengers, cyclists, or pedestrians—will be safeguarded, and the incidence of road accidents in Liberia will significantly decrease. It is a collective responsibility to prioritize road safety, as the life spared through these interventions could very well be that of a loved one or a cherished friend.

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