Transport Ministry to Introduce Mitigation Initiatives against Road Traffic Accidents

By Lamin Njie

As accident becomes a daily issue in the country, many ending in fatalities while many more have been maimed over these past few months, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, together with relevant stakeholders; such as the Gambia Police Force, Mobile Traffic Unit, National Roads Authority, Physical Planning, Gambia Red Cross Society, Kanifing Municipal Council, Consumer Protection Society and the Gambia Transport Union, is demonstrating commitment to mitigating the calamities on the roads.

The team has recently embarked on a visit to the accident hot spots alongside the busy South Bank Road from Kombo East to Foni.



Taskforce Members on road safety



Bakary Manneh, Senior Road Safety Officer, National Roads Authority (NRA), explained that the main reason for the tour was to identify critical accident prone areas; such as sharp bends, and thick bushy areas   on the road among other obstacles that can be found as a contributing factor to road traffic accidents, and finding immediate solutions to them.

His institution and partners, he said, are working to ensure that the roads are safe for all users without fear of who will be the next victim of road traffic accident.

“The NRA, together with the working group on road safety, will supply the police with plastic speed ramps to be placed at identified areas as a pilot project on our roads.  Faraba will be among the piloted areas,” he announced.