Road accidents in Kenema drastically reduced in 2012 as compared to previous years. This was disclosed to Awoko by the Officer Commanding (OC) Traffic division, Inspector Daniel Morlai Kong Turay at his Kenema Police division office at 1 Hangha road.
He says this is as a result of frequent sensitization carried out within the district.
The traffic boss in Kenema also says the Assistant Inspector General of Police East, Sorie B. Kargbo and the Local Unit Commander of the Kenema Police division Sahid Koroma, have both been joining the sensitization team by visiting lorry parks and Bike Riders Union (BRU) parks within Kenema city and the district, in talking to riders and drivers on how to prevent accidents.
The traffic boss says because of the firm stand of the law enforcement agencies, it has helped in reducing road traffic accident, saying prevention and safety is their goal.
He revealed that the Kenema division is comprised of two stations- one at Mano junction and Blama station.
He says 60 cases were recorded for road traffic accidents in 2012, with 12 of the cases being fatal, 14 were serious and 34 slight. Also,18 of the cases were charged to court, 7 informally resolved and 35 were under investigation after they were issued with medical papers and most of the cases were sent to the High Court by the Presiding Magistrate, Alhaji Mohamed Momoh-Jah Stevens because of the gravity of the offences.
The traffic boss further disclosed that 644 cases were dealt with for motor traffic offences in the district and all charged to court. Of these, 491 were convicted, 304 were fined and 187 cases were cautioned and discharged and 57 were warned by the officer commanding, 96 are still pending and on trial. He revealed that for the period 2012 in Kenema division, Le30,620,000 were accrued for the nation from fines.
Daniel Turay says his major challenge now is the issue of crash helmets and unregistered motor bikes entering the district through the porous borders of the country.
He says the riders and passengers must use the crash helmet in the district especially in Kenema city and he will not allow unregistered motor bikes to continue plying the streets of the city and its environs. He also said that a single life lost in an accident, is a big loss to the nation and appealed to all to observe the traffic laws.