The commuters noted that due to the careless behavior on the part of some trucks and ordinary vehicles drivers and owners to service their vehicles, many lives have been destroyed as a result of malfunctioning vehicles being used to transport people.
The commuters who spoke to the Capitol Times said they are confident that with the presence of Police Director Gregory Coleman and Col. Abraham Kromah, plying defective vehicles will be minimized.
Madam Korpo Johnson, a survivor of the May 2016 Gbarkor Hill truck accident, attributed the accident to police’s leniency in clamping down on defective vehicle operators.
Madam Johnson observed that if members of the Liberia National Police were robustly enforcing traffic laws, the Gbarkor Hill fatal accident would have been avoided.
She explained further that upon their arrival in Ganta and Gbarnga in May this year, police allowed the truck to pass through their check points, despite the passengers’ demands that the truck was not in a better moving condition.
Madam Korpo disclosed that the operator of the vehicle was later invited at the police office in Gbarnga at night, but later on the operator returned asking everybody to get on board. Some of the passengers refused to ride that night while others chose to board the truck because of their goods.
She appealed to the Police Director and his principle deputy to also checkmate the highway patrol team noting, “They too sometimes compromise traffic violation at the detriment of commuters.”
Madam Johnson thanked President Sirleaf for appointing the two young men, especially Col. Abraham Kromah, who has worked in the past assiduously to reduce crime rates in the city and it’s environ, and hoped that Col. Kromah will reduce the accident rates along the highway.
She urged the Government of Liberia and the international community to assist the Liberia National police with logistics to enable them combat crimes around the country.