The Deputy Executive Director of the Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority, Alice Pratt on Friday expressed dissatisfaction over the refusal of most drivers to use the reflectors that are supplied to them.
Madam Pratt expressed her dissatisfaction during the stakeholders meeting on the use of reflectors and illegal garages in Freetown and the provinces.
She stated that even though the reflectors are distributed to drivers whenever they are granted license, but most refuse to use them and according to her, most of the road accidents are caused by the negligence of drivers to place reflectors near their broken vehicles.
She urged drivers to inculcate the use of reflectors instead of placing grass and other objects near their abandoned vehicles.
The President of Sierra Leone Drivers Union, Alpha Bah acknowledged that the use of reflectors is very important in reducing terrible road accidents.
Bah urged SLRTA to ensure that every driver or vehicle owner collects a reflector before being granted license and his Union will take the responsibility to enforce.
The Director of Traffic, Sierra Leone Police, Ambrose Sovula described the campaign to be timely as they are sick and tired of seeing miserable road crashes that have swallowed the lives of many.
Sovula stated that road crashes can only be reduced when total enforcement is done and everybody adheres to minimal traffic rules. He pledged total support for the road safety campaign as he said it can greatly contribute to the socio-economic development of the country.
By Keifa M. Jaward
Tuesday June 24, 2014