Sierra Leone estimates 1,035 road fatalities yearly

The Sierra Leone Road Transport Authority (SLRTA) last Friday engaged the parliamentarians on the road safety campaign strategy on the theme "Our Collective Responsibility In Preventing Road Traffic Crashes –Together We Can Save Lives".

The Transport Minister Logus Koroma explained that road traffic injuries are a global health and development problem as the World Health Organization (WHO) reported that 1.2 million people die from road accidents yearly while as many as 50 million suffer non-fatal injuries and that over 90% of deaths occur in low and middle income countries but observed that the statistics on Sierra Leone is unreliable but  that conservative estimates indicate 1,035 road fatalities yearly.

The Transport Ministerurther stated that the global cost of road injuries is estimated at $ 518 billion and costs Governments between 1% to 3% of the Gross National Product more than the total amount that these countries receive in development assistance adding.