Topics related to road safety and post-crash response were debated on and Sheku Jalloh of the Methodist Boys emerged victorious over the Sierra Leone Grammar School and third position went to St. Joseph’s Convent Senior Secondary school among the ten secondary schools across the country that participated.
The event was followed by a public lecture on vital post-crash actions medical investigation and justice by the consultant and Forensic Pathologist, Dr Simeon Owizz Koroma, who talked on the vital post-crash actions; medical care investigation and justice in terms of road safety.
Dr Koroma said that “road accidents are violent sudden and traumatic events that cause lots of grief and distress, especially to the victims”, adding that since the advent of the new minister of internal affairs, Paolo Conteh, there had been certain stringent measures such as restricting bike riders plying the Central Business District.
He noted that there had been considerable drop in the number of crash victims as well as ‘clique and gangs’ stabbing, which he said had reduced from 46 stab wounds in October to only 16 as at the last count.
The public lecture, which was held at the British council hall in Freetown, brought together presidents and staff of Sierra Leone Roads transport Authority, Drivers’ Union, the minister, executive director of Sierra Leone Roads Safety Authority, Dr. Sarah Bendu, amongst others.
Explaining the purpose of the weeklong celebration Dr. Bendu stated that “the weak is not meant to rejoice, rather to remember those that have been killed and those that have been hospitalized as a result of crash”.
The world day of remembrance for road traffic crash victims is set aside by the United Nations to remember those that died or become incapacitated as a result of road traffic crash on the theme “Vital Post –Crash Action: Medical Care, Investigation, Justice”
The world day of remembrance for road traffic victims is celebrated on 20 November every year with the sole aim of remembering the dedication and gallant effort of all those who have been involved in road traffic crash and rescue missions all over the country.
For the first time SLRSA in partnership with the Ministry of Transport and Aviation organized different activities in commemorating this day which started from the 14 November on to the 20 of November which would be climaxing on Sunday with a thanksgiving service.