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Liberia To Crackdown on Drunk Driving, Traffic Court Judge Warns

The Judge of the Traffic Court at the Temple of Justice, Cllr. Jomah Jallah, has warned judicial drivers against driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol. He said driving under the influence of any substance is a violation of Section 10.90 of the “Vehicle and Traffic Law.” The law states: “It is unlawful for any person to operate a motor vehicle while his ability to operate such vehicle is impaired by the consumption or use of alcohol or narcotic drugs as such drugs are defined in the Narcotic Drugs Control Act. Judge Jallah was speaking Tuesday at the opening of a two-day workshop being conducted by the James A.A. Pierre Judicial Institute for drivers of that branch of government at the Temple of Justice on Capitol Hill in Monrovia.

Topics being covered include introduction to driving and rules, vehicle operating procedures and traffic signs and signals. Judge Jallah attributed most accidents to driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and admonished those in the practice to desist as they are responsible for the lives of those they carry daily. The Traffic Court Judge recommended that all judicial drivers be tested while on duty to fight violation of the rule.

Meanwhile, the Liberia National Police (LNP) Traffic Ticketing Section in January 2017 generated L$425,150 and US$4,479 from the issuance of tickets for traffic violations, Deputy Police spokesman Lewis Norman has disclosed. In an interview with the Liberia News Agency Monday, Chief Superintendent Norman said the amount has been deposited into government revenue was raised throughout the country. According to Norman, a total of 510 tickets were issued in January, and that out of that number, 418 were paid for while five tickets were challenged. Chief Superintendent Norman indicated that besides challenging the five tickets, two persons were warned, with 85 additional tickets are outstanding. He warned vehicles operators and owners to be mindful of the traffic laws of Liberia as the Liberia National Police will not hesitate to issue tickets to any traffic violator, no matter their status in society.

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