LNP Begins Massive Road Safety Awareness
The Liberia National Police through its Traffic Section has begun a massive Road Safety awareness at various Schools in Monrovia and its environs.
The first phase of the exercise is intended to educate school going children on how to cross the road, the danger in crossing the road and how to aid a kid/student when crossing the road in the absence of crosswalk or with the presence of a crosswalk, while the second phase will also target both private and commercial drivers.
According to Section 10.100, subchapter I of the vehicle and traffic law, which speaks of “PEDESTRIAN’S RIGHTS AND DUTIES”. It further states that, every pedestrian shall obey the traffic signs, signals, and lights of intersections, as provided in subchapter F of this chapter, unless otherwise directed by a traffic officer on duty at an intersection. Before crossing a highway or entering an intersection, a pedestrian shall first ascertain the proximity of approaching vehicles. In the absence of any traffic control device or traffic control device or traffic officer, every pedestrian shall comply with the provisions of this subchapter and with other provisions of this title relating to pedestrians.
The awareness at various schools began on Friday, November 26, 2021 at the Pioneer Baptist School, Bassa Community, and the St. Simon Baptist School System at the Horton Avenue, while the Richard N. Nixon Institute was visited around the Capitol Bye-pass on today.
The awareness exercise which is headed by the Chief of Traffic of the Republic of Liberia, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Fred M. Gaye (Unit-118), an astute, veteran and vigilant law enforcer of the LNP.
Prior to his ascendancy as Chief of Traffic, ACP. Gaye served the following positions:
Traffic Commander Zone 1 – 2007 to 2012
Traffic Commander Zone 3 – 2012 to 2013
Deputy Chief Accident Investigator – 2013 to 2015
Chief Accident Investigator (Unit 154) – 2015 to April, 2021 and is also Presently a Senior Facilitator for Road Safety & Traffic Management of the Republic of Liberia.
The Liberia National Police and its officers have over the time had the below massive achievements under the supervision of ACP. Gaye:
Introdution of explicit accident investigation procedure.
Trained over 100 Ticketing and Traffic Officers in Traffic Management, Ticketing and accident investigation procedures.
Provided Road Safety education in six (6) Counties (Bong, Grand Bassa, Margibi, Grand Cape Mount, Nimba and Bomi) for the driving public.
Modernized the present Traffic Investigation Room at the LNP Headquarters.
Successfully sent over twenty (20) accident cases at the Traffic Court without losing a case during his tenure as Chief accident investigator.
Improved the credibility of the Accident Investigation Unit up to high standards.
ACP. Gaye also recommended the promotion of hardworking and disciplined Officers for various Ranks and positions.
Reprimanded unprofessional Traffic Officers for unethical conducts among others.
Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police encourages all school going children to be part of the exercise aimed at minimizing the increase of road traffic accidents mainly involving pedestrians.