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Safe Streets Festival 2019

09/12/2019 - 17:01
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The Safe Streets Festival promotes mobility and road safety in the transport sector of Liberia. It was organised by the Liberian National Police in collaboration with the German Cooperation (GIZ), Millennium Challenge Account –Liberia with support from the European Union, World Bank, and OMEGA Insurance Group Limited

The second edition of the Safe Streets Festival was held in Monrovia on December 7, 2019. This year's festival was organised by the Liberian National Police in collaboration with the German Cooperation (GIZ), Millennium Challenge Account –Liberia with support from the European Union, World Bank, and OMEGA Insurance Group Limited. The first edition happened in 2017.

The event which was held under the theme “Road Safety Strengthens Economy” created awareness on mobility and road safety in the transport sector of Liberia. It also highlighted the safety of pedestrians and cyclists on the streets of Liberia.

The event started with a 6-kilometer running race from the John F Kennedy Memorial Hospital (JFK ) in Sinkor to the event site at the intersection of Broad and Mechlin Streets. The occasion also featured bicycle riding competition, culture and entertainment activities, as well as stands with road safety education. The EU Delegation distributed, fliers explaining basic road safety rules for pedestrians, drivers and riders, and even more stickers, to raise awareness and educate on the need to respect road safety rules in Liberia.

This year's festival featured an eye testing stand operated by the Ministry of Health. There was also a market fair of Made-in-Liberia products, between Randall & Ashmun Streets, which displayed and sole locally made arts and crafts, fashion, beauty, food products and much more. 

The statistics of road safety related issues on the Liberian economy is staggering. Yearly, the country loses up to 7% of its GDP due to inadequate road safety measures and high levels of traffic related deaths and injuries. According to the WHO Global Status Report on Road Safety 2018, "at least 35.9 deaths are recorded per 100,000 of the population". This places Liberia at the first place in the global ranking of Road Traffic Deaths and Proportion of Road Users by Country.

According to the Liberia National Police’ statistics, "at least one person dies a day and six persons sustain injuries on Liberian roads. Around 100 cases of traffic collisions are reported daily".

 

 

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