December 20, 2017 By Joseph S. Margai
In an effort to ensuring that the United Nations (UN) Decade of Action on Road Safety is achieved, the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA) is set to administer road safety education to five thousand primary schools across the country.
The said development was disclosed by Executive Director Dr. Sarah Finda Bendu, during the official commissioning of a new licensing office in Kabala.
She also disclosed that her institution was currently embarking on road safety education in ten primary schools in the country’s capital Freetown.
Dr. Bendu, who expressed her disappointment over the failure of Kabala authorities to install caution signs within locations occupied by schools, said global statistics have it that over eighty thousand school children are involved in road accident annually.
She said road signs notifying on-coming drivers to slowdown whenever they approach school environment must be installed. “This is one of the safety measures SLRSA’s put in place for our school going children. Our children are the future of this country, thus we should ensure that they are safe when using the road. In our primary school days, we were taught what to do when crossing the road and even how to use the zebra crossing,” she said.
According to her, SLRSA’s intention is to ‘catch-them-young’ so that when they grow up road safety education would not depart from them.
Dr. Bendu explained that since their mandates include engineering, education and enforcement, she had instructed SLRSA’s Road Safety Corps to be visiting schools in order to teach pupils about road safety.
“We are currently doing free road checks in order to detect punctured tyres, expired registration and licenses, driving without wheel pullers. At the moment we are not issuing tickets to them as a means of punishment but we are firstly educating them to comply with the rules and regulations of driving on the road of Sierra Leone,” she said.
She underlined that SLRSA does not want to lose any more lives on the road as a result of road accident, hence they were doing everything humanly possible to conduct road safety education.
She encouraged drivers to take all necessary precautions on the road especially during and after the festive periods.