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toubab1020 Posted - 22 Jan 2022 : 10:09:16




Road crashes are the biggest safety challenge for youths!

Jan 18, 2022, 11:59 AM

Road safety is a critical development priority for many developing countries. Countries in the region must work together if they are to achieve the goal of halving road crash deaths by 2030.

Road traffic crashes and deaths are routine occurrences around the world, especially in lower- and middle-income countries (LMIC). Every day, thousands of youths lose their lives in road accidents.

Among 1.35 million road traffic deaths every year (which may be reflective of COVID-19 related deaths) over 30 percent fall under the age of 25. Likewise, road crashes remain the single biggest killer and injury burden to young people aged 15-29 , which amounts to more than the deaths caused by HIV/AIDS and Malaria.
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toubab1020 Posted - 12 Aug 2022 : 10:37:15
ACTION NOW !!!Great Big Step forwrd .Thanks to all who donated.



Transport minister presents 172 road safety equipment to stakeholders

Aug 11, 2022, 11:12 AM | Article By: Lamin Njie, Assistant Information Officer Ministry of Transport

Honorable Ebrima Sillah, the minister for Transport, Works and Infrastructure recently presented over 172 road traffic signs to the road safety working group, which comprises stakeholders from the National Roads Authority, Ministry of Interior, Gambia Police Force, University of The Gambia, Transport Union and Kanifing Municipal Council among institutions.

These new equipment that were purchased by the National Roads Authority –NRA, will be installed by the working group of the Ministry of Transport on road safety at different strategic locations of the country geared towards minimising road traffic accidents.

Speaking at the presentation ceremony, Minister Sillah reiterated that his Ministry together with key stakeholders, would ensure that roads in The Gambia are safe for all users.

He further called on the drivers and the public at large to always respect road traffic signs at all times in order to save lives and properties.

The minister commended the National Roads Authority for coming up with the initiative and urged them to do more. He assured them of his Ministry’s support at all times.

“We are appealing to the general public, drivers, our men and women in uniform to kindly follow the road signs and follow the speed limits especially in residential areas,” he said.

He said that every life is important, including the driver who is driving the car and all the other users of the roads.

Momodou Senghore, managing director, National Roads Authority, said his office would continue to do its utmost best in ensuring that roads in The Gambia are of quality and safe.

He described the development as a big achievement for the government and all the stakeholders in road safety. He further said that more of such developments would continue in the near future.

Momodou Gassama of the World Health Organisation, Banjul Office, commended both the Ministry of Transport and the NRA for their efforts in ensuring that Gambian roads are safe and are have traffic signs, especially major highways.

Essa Drammeh, the director of Transport, Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure, chaired the occasion.
toubab1020 Posted - 11 Feb 2022 : 11:32:35


Feb 10, 2022, 1:46 PM | Article By: Cherno Omar Bobb

Seedy Sheriff Ceesay, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for Coastal Security and Coastal Enterprise has called for fundamental road reforms in the country to curb the unending road accidents.

Mr. Ceesay who recently spearheaded a campaign to look at how our traffic or our roads are managed added that, what they uncovered is horrific and unexpected in the 21st century in a country like The Gambia.

The Gambia is rated 4th in the world for road accident and Ceesay said the Road Traffic Act must be amended and an authority for Drivers and Vehicles Licensing Agency set up.

The last few months has seen serious increase in road fatality with loss of many lives, and CEO Ceesay stated that Gambian roads are designed very poorly with poor road signs which contribute to road accidents.

He further said that in the past couple of years, almost everyone has lost a family member or friend, or has someone disabled or in serious condition due to road accidents in the country.

He added that obstruction also results in many accidents but hardly are drivers penalised for obstructions.

Ceesay said that every road must have furniture? and therefore called on the National Road Authority (NRA) to take it upon themselves to solve problems of places where frequent road accidents take place.

“It is only in The Gambia lately where enforcers of our traffic are the same people issuing driver’s license,” he also said, noting that, such should be stopped.

According to him, we must have a body wholly responsible for issuing drivers licence as well as have an MOT system in The Gambia. The MOT test is an annual test of vehicle safety, roadworthiness aspects and exhaust emissions required).

He observed that most vehicles in The Gambia are not roadworthy because they have mechanical faults which also contribute to road accidents.

He enjoined the NRA to re-organise the roads, saying: “The way our roads are set up is a recipe for disaster.”

“You can drive 100 miles in The Gambia and hardly see a road sign which is very bad,” he further said, adding that speed bumps are also constructed at wrong places.

He highlighted that nobody is safe in the country as our roads kill more people than HIV/AIDS, Malaria and hypertension.

He also pointed out the indiscipline on our roads, saying failure for discipline must be penalised. “People must lose their licence and reprimand for their actions. You can lose your licence by court today and in the next hour you can get your licence somewhere else,” he said.

“The issuance of licence must be controlled and checked”, he went on, saying we must have a system that is to monitor the affairs of our licence and vehicles.

He also called on people especially institutions to take responsibility for how they hire and recruit drivers, saying the job must be given to qualified individuals because they are not only carrying the vehicles precious lives in them.

He also said that the country needs accident investigators. “If we control our licence and do the right thing we will save lives and those lives can be ours.”

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