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GIZ and Police Traffic Section Launch Community Road Safety Awareness Project

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Monrovia – In continuation of the Liberia National Police Road Safety campaign, its Traffic Section is organizing Community Road Safety Quizzing, Debate, Football and Kickball tournaments in six Communities under the theme: “RAISING ROAD SAFETY AWARENESS IN THE COMMUNITY.

The campaign is aimed at getting the Communities involved with road safety awareness and serving as respective road safety Ambassadors.

The Communities include Bassa Community, Perry Street, Jallah Town, Camp Johnson Road, Buzzy Quarters and Soniwein Community, all located in Monrovia.

The exercise is being conducted in two phases and will be officially launched on August 16, 2019, at the Bassa Community Town Hall, beginning with a street parade, from LNP Headquarters through Camp Johnson Road to the Bassa Community Town Hall.

Phase one: Quizzing (1) and Debate (2) are scheduled for August 16, 17 and 18, 2019 at the Bassa Community Town Hall in Monrovia. Phase two: Football and Kickball (3) tournaments are slated for August 23, 24 and 25, 2019 at the Slipway Sports Pitch in the Slipway Community. The winners will be awarded trophies.

The objective of this project is to create awareness among community dwellers about road safety and will help to reduce road fatalities, the LNP says.

The Road Safety Quizzing is designed to promote road safety awareness among community members.

The Traffic Section of the LNP designed a road safety questionnaire consisting of 80 questions and answers that were distributed among the mentioned communities.

The aim is to encourage community members to learn from the questions and improve their knowledge of traffic rules and safe road usage.

Each of the selected communities was encouraged to conduct an internal community competition to select six representatives that make a community team participate in the Road Safety Community Quizzing on August 16 in Bassa Community Town Hall.

The grand final will be conducted among representatives of each of the six communities. In a flow of the final, the Board of Judges will ask questions (altogether max. 30) out of the 80-questionnaire.

The Board of Judges will include representatives of the Traffic Section of the LNP, the Ministry of Transport/Road Safety Secretariat, media & civil society, and an international road expert. The best team will receive a trophy.

The Road Safety Debate on August 17 and 18 will include a Dialogue between relevant stakeholders and communities’ representatives.

From August 23 – 24, football and kickball community tournaments will be organized to finalize the activities with a teambuilding event.

The six communities will provide two teams each comprising of a kickball & football teams that are to participate in the three days sports tournament. 

Every team will be issued a fixture and it’s a knockout tournament, meaning if a team has defected that team is automatically eliminated from the tournament. The winners of the kickball and football tournament will be given trophies, the organizers said.

The Liberia National Police has been engaged in Road Safety campaign since July 2018 up to present and has successfully initiated three Road Safety programs both in Montserrado and Grand Bassa Counties respectively.

The campaign is predicated upon the release of the LNP 12 year’s accident statistics that says, on the average, one person died a day, six people get injured daily and about 100 accident cases are reported daily nationwide.

On July 21, 2018, GIZ launched LNP Road Safety Week, dubbed, “SAFE ROAD, SAFE LIBERIA,” at the Monrovia City Hall.

Outside of Monrovia GIZ launched a Road Safety campaign in Buchanan City at the City Hall, Grand Bassa County on September 20, 2018, under the theme: “BE ACCIDENT-FREE.” In fulfillment of the launched a Safe Street Awareness that took place on November 21, 2018, at the intersections of Broad and Mechlin Streets in Monrovia was organized.

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