The Kenema police division the International Rescue Committee (IRC), the Bike Riders Association (BRA) and the Motor Drivers held a day meeting with the aim of sensitizing the drivers and bike riders on the importance of traffic signs.
The Field Coordinator of IRC office in Kenema district Tamba Gborie said sensitizing drivers and riders on the importance of road signs and traffic offences can go a long way in minimizing road accidents in the district. Mr. Gborie described the meeting as a family gethering and was timely because it provides basic education for the parties involved adding that most of them are now getting their first experience on the rules and regulations governing their careers now. He disclosed that the aim of IRC is to provide basic services to humanity especially those in the rural areas.
The Local Unit Commander (LUC) of the kenema police division Joseph Kabia underscored the importance of community relationship which he said can help NGOs, the Community and the police in doing their work without hinderance. He described the step taking by IRC to educate the bike riders and drivers in the district on the basic traffic rules as a laudable venture which can go a long way in the minds of all in saving human lives. He appealed to all to abide by the rules and regulations of the traffic laws of the country.
In his contribution Patrick Francis admonished participants about the right of the police adding that it involves animals as well as human beings. He used the occasion to trace the history of traffic laws in Sierra leone noting that it started since the arrival of the first vehicle in the countrly in 1913. The introduction of the left hand and right hand drive in 1970/71 respectively are part of the major changes which the sector has undergone over the years.