The Director of the Liberia National Police Col. C. Clarence Massaquoi has instructed traffic officers to arrest, and impound the vehicles of anyone including officials of government that will be caught using the opposite lane of the Tubman Boulevard road during the rush hours.
Director Massaquoi named drivers of none governmental vehicles including United Nations Mission in Liberia as being among those constantly violating the rules of the traffic at the detriment of other road users.
The Police Chief said it was becoming a normal routine for officials and others in the Liberian society to violate the traffic regulations on grounds that they were getting late for work or meetings and at times used their portfolios to threaten police officers
“As Director of Police I am not prepared to risk the lives of police officers assigned in the traffic and am calling on those in such act to desist or face the wrath of the law”, the police Boss asserted.
Col. Massaquoi said the actions of these violators were resulting into the loss of lives and properties damaged and maintained that the police will not hesitate to arrest, name and shame anyone that will be caught creating a third lane for their convenient regardless of their status in society.
According to a statement from the Liberia National Police quotes the LNP Chief as saying that the traffic laws of Liberia does not permit the usage of the opposite lane, stressing that such violation or misused of roads prints a negative image to people visiting the country.
He said disregard for police officers on official duty in the streets by these violators was troubling and undermine the rule of law in the country.
At the same time Liberia National Police has expressed concerned over the wave of attacks against police officers by some members of the public in recent times.
Col. Massaquoi said it was disappointing to note that some Liberians were becoming lawless by mobbing law enforcement personnel, warning that such uncivilized act can no longer be tolerated.
The Director of Police said seven LNP officers in recent time have been victimized in the wake of what he described as public brutality against police officers, and cautioned those in such habit of attacking police officers to desist, and operate within the confines of the law.