By Lamin Njie, Ministry of Transport
The multi-sectoral Road Safety Working Group (RSWG) would embark on a nationwide road safety campaign from 7th-14th October 2022.
The campaign is one of the priorities in the work plan developed by the multi-sectoral working group for 2022, as part of the implementation arrangement of the Road Safety Strategy.
The main objective of the tour is to raise public awareness, improve the skills, attitudes, and behaviours of road users on road safety, as well as reduce the prevalence of road traffic crashes.
During the tour, the public, especially drivers would be enlightened on the dangers of over-speeding, use of helmet, drunk driving, and the importance of seat belt use and child restraints.
The Ministry aims to see a significant reduction in the number of road fatalities and serious injuries across the country, through the campaign.
Police Accident Report 2021 stated that Gambia registered over 700 cases of road traffic crashes and about 123 fatal cases, in the year under review.
As a result, the Ministry of Transport, Works and Infrastructure has set an ambitious target of reducing the number of road traffic crashes to zero road fatalities and serious injuries in The Gambia by 2030.