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Sierra Leone Integrated and Resilient Urban Mobility Project Statement

Honorable Minister of Transport and Aviation: Global Road Safety Week May 1, 2021

One million three hundred people die every day on the road and 50 million are injured worldwide as a result of road traffic accidents, half of that number are not traveling in cars. Every 24 seconds someone is killed in a road traffic accident. About 30 million people also sustain non-fatal injuries from road traffic collision leading to disability worldwide; a quarter of those injured are pedestrians and cyclists.

The Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority recorded 2,769 fatalities, and 1,604 persons were severely injured in 2020 from Road traffic crashes. Road traffic accident is now a leading cause of death for children and young adults between the ages of 5-29. The great anguish and economic burden on families and communities road traffic accidents bring, remains an unacceptable price to pay for mobility.

Today, Sierra Leone joins the global community to commemorate the 6th Session of the United Nations Global Road Safety Week scheduled for May 17th – May 23rd, with the theme ‘Speed Management’, that seeks to accelerate plans to address road safety at a national level. 

One life lost to road traffic accident is one too many, and the government is committed to review laws and policies on road safety and work closely with the relevant stakeholders to prevent and support efforts for comprehensive care to victims of road traffic accidents.        

The issues around road safety are many, and to adequately dialogue, we want to create time and the platform to engage different stakeholders at all levels. That is why we have decided, as a Ministry to start our activities from May 1 through to May 31 to mobilize the support required for policy change. 

We have committed ourselves to enhance standards for public transport drivers and operators, to deliver quality professional services. We will encourage active transportation with pedestrian safety at the heart of our interventions. We would also provide the necessary information and skills road users need to travel in a safe environment. This is the legacy we want for our children and committed to deliver.

The Ministry of Transport and Aviation, Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority, World Health Organization, government counterparts and partners have outlined activities spanning through this month of May to bring road safety to our homes, schools and communities to engage, educate but most importantly to empower us to be a part of making Sierra Leone safer. 

Happy Road Safety Month, let us keep moving.

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Mr. Darlington

Have gone through your website, yes there is vital information on the website but I advise you, especially the Minister to appoint special individuals to upgrade the website with more information, and that requires more research.

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