The Manager of Research and Development at the Sierra Leone Road Safety Authority (SLRSA), Ambrose Tucker has disclosed that 9,623 road accidents occurred in Sierra Leone between January to September 2022.
According to Tucker of the 9,623 roads accidents recorded, 225 casualties were recorded. He said 95 percent of victims who lost their lives were males and One Hundred and Thirty 130 were female.
Tucker explained the causes of the road accidents, citing overloading of vehicles with passengers and good as key amongst the many causes and reckless alcohol intake by drivers while driving as another major cause.
He maintained that the SLRSA and the Sierra Leone Brewery Limited (SLBL) have reached a partnership to curtail the consumption of alcohol while driving, adding that the testing of drivers for alcohol intake while driving is eminent and will soon be fully operational.
Director of Safety and Enforcement at SLRSA, Augustine Kaitongie has also revealed that as the festive season approaches, plans are underway with the Sierra Leone Police for a checking mechanism on drivers for alcohol.