The New Dawn (Monrovia)

Liberia: Police Record Over 7,000 Accidents

For the past six years, police chief of accident investigation, David Sandy, says 7,021 accidents have been recorded from 2007 to July 2013. In a detailed alarming accident statistics released to the Liberia National Red Cross Society recently, Sandy reported that in 2007, the police recorded 231 accidents, while 386 were recorded in 2008, respectively.

Further quoting the statistics, the Red Cross release said in 2009, 477 accidents were recorded and 457 in 2010 followed by 2011, 4,216; and 2012, 632 accidents were recorded. Finally, the statistics detailed that from January to July 2013, 622 accidents were recorded, totaling 7,021.

Addressing the World First Aid day organized by the Liberian Red Cross recently under the global theme: "First Aid and Road Safety", Superintendent David Sandy put the total number of accidents recorded from 2007 to July 2013 to7,021.

However, the accident chief investigator did not state the total number of casualties. He maintained that the accident rate was alarming with the worse number of four thousand two hundred and sixteen reported in 2011.

He blamed the alarming rate of accidents in the country on the failure of drivers to adhere to safety rules and methods in the traffic, especially commercial motorcyclists.

In the wake of the unfolding situation, Sandy has warned drivers and motorcyclists to observe speed limit and apply all safety rules and methods in the traffic to avoid accidents.

Also speaking, the head of the Liberia National Red Cross Society First Aid Unit, Madam Mydear Martin, said that first aid is critical to life saving and it is for everyone, everywhere.

As part of the celebration over the weekend, the LNRCS First Aid Unit was said to have carried out practical demonstrations in communities in Logan Town, Bushrod Island on how to apply first aid in times of emergency or accident. The World First Aid day celebration in Liberia was organized by the Liberian Red Cross with support from the International Committee of the Red and other partners.

World First Aid Day was introduced by the International Red Cross and Red Crescent Movement in 2000 as an opportunity to raise awareness about lifesaving activities.

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