A new association called- Road Safety and Driving Standards Association (RSDSA) was over the weekend inaugurated at a ceremony held at the Driving School in Brusibi.
The new association came as part of a broader effort to minimize the number of road accidents and to sensitize people on road safety.
Chairperson of the Association Michael Gravil said ‘if all goes as planned, the organization will be one of the biggest in the country’, pointing out that everyone in the country has interest in road safety. “Every single person in The Gambia is interested in road safety. The chances are already there and I think we should try and visit every single business in this country.”
Mr. Gravil, a former United Kingdom police officer and banker, said with his experience in road traffic issues, the association when fully operational will certainly make a difference in the country.
Pateh Baldeh, Secretary General of the Association said road accidents have been the major killer even more than malaria in the country and as a result of that, no one is safe on the roads either directly or indirectly.
“So it is a matter of concern and alarming. Base on this, government cannot do it alone. Drivers need to be professionally trained before being issued a driving license. There are driving schools in the country but the way and manner drivers obtain driving license is not the right way.” he further explained.
Baldeh acknowledged that initiating such an Association is part of complementing government’s efforts in the road sector, affirming that no organization can function without the needed and right resources.
Ousman Touray, vice chairperson of the Association, said road safety is a concern to all, however, plans are not put in place to find a lasting solution to the problem. Therefore, initiating such an association, he observed, is a move in the right direction.
Njie Baldeh, Public Relation Officer of the Association also expressed similar sentiments.