Drivers urged to minimize speed to reduce road accidents

Friday, August 10, 2018

Police Inspector Almameh Jersey, officer in charge of traffic at Kairaba Police Station has called on Gambian drivers to responsibly observe speed limits on the roads to avoid accidents that could lead to loss of lives and destruction of properties.

During a recent interview with The Point at his Kairaba Police Station office, Inspector Jassey said road safety means people should use the highways without encountering troubles like accidents; saying to prevent such, drivers must reduce the driving speed.

He said most of the drivers do not understand that to drive a vehicle does not mean they should drive at high speed, saying in residential areas, the law dictates that the car should be running at least at a maximum speed of 25 to 30 kilometers per hour. “But some drivers will drive more than that.”

He said the reason for that is because there could be many people within the residential area with different problems; some will have sight problems while some may have hearing difficulties. “So drivers should calculate all these while driving.”

Inspector Jassey also said when drivers are approaching a junction they should reduce or minimize their speed because people are not equal in calculation or thinking. “Before you reach a junction, reduce your speed, it can also prevent accident.”

Author: Njie Baldeh