By Goth Mohamed Goth
The country has of lately experienced an upsurge in traffic accidents in the first quarter of 2014 being the deadliest, and the trend will likely continue unless something is done quick to curtail the road scourge this revealed today during a press briefing by the country top law enforcement officer.
The Police Commandant went on to say , “Several factors cause the increasing road traffic accidents, including usage of Mobile phones while driving poor driving knowledge, poor roads, overloading passengers and goods, high speeds and lack of road signs,”
“About 648 road accidents occurred in first quarter of 2014 causing 20 deaths ,443 injuries 414 vehicles damaged , 40 herd of livestock lost and 26 buildings damaged respectively,” said Brig. Gen Abdulahi Fadal Iman, the Commander of Somaliland’s Police Force.
Brig. Gen Fadal added that traffic accidents are arguably the country’s largest cause of death, “In 2013 there were at least 2374 road accidents recorded, 130 deaths, more than 1433 persons injured and 1596 vehicles damaged
During the same year (2013), 516 herds of livestock were lost, 133 building structures damaged the police boss said as this comes in a time when the UN marks the road safety week.