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Reducing road accidents

May 15, 2013, 9:22 AM

The problem of road traffic accidents are nowadays vey common and have become a cause for concern in the country.

We are urging all drivers, including private drivers to exercise some discipline in the way and manner they drive on our roads.

We are aware of the fact that much of what causes this problem on the roads is over-speeding, and more so non-observance of traffic regulations.

While some of our roads are, no doubt, in a terrible condition, many are just too small, thus the need for careful driving.

We, therefore, call on the Ministry of Works and Infrastructure to help rehabilitate some of the roads that are in deplorable conditions.

We are of the view that, by rehabilitating most of the main roads and some feeder roads across the Greater Banjul Area and beyond, it would help reduce the rate of accident.

In the same vein, we plead with drivers plying the roads to drive professionally and carefully, and to have in mind that there are other road users using the highways, such as pedestrians who go about their businesses.

To this end, minimising road traffic accidents requires the concerted efforts of all and sundry, including drivers and traffic police officers.

The role of the latter in curbing accidents is equally critical by ensuring that traffic rules and regulations are obeyed by all road users, irrespective of who they are.

With this in mind, we can be rest assured of limited road accidents on our high ways.