Why road signs and traffic lights are vital for the prevention of growing road accidents in South Sudan
By Beek Mabior, Juba, South Sudan
The significance of road signs and traffic lights for safety on the road is undeniable on earth. Road signs and traffic lights have saved millions of lives around the world since the time of their invention. Millions of people on earth are alive and safe today as a result of road signs and traffic lights that help in the prevention of deadliest accidents on roads globally. Road signs and traffic lights were meant to be observe and to prevent many reckless fatal accidents on roads worldwide. They were not created for decoration and beautification of roads around the world. They were created for the safety of pedestrians and other road users earth wide.
However, in South Sudan, they’re massively disregard and many people pay zero attention to them. They’re seen to be unnecessary factors that cause delay on the road. They’re seen to be obstacles that hijack movement of people from one point to another in South Sudan. they’re view as insignificant and unreasonable to follow and obey them on South Sudan’s roads by some people. They’re seen by many pedestrians and motorists as unfair and boring hence many people pay nil attention to them. And that’s gravely dangerous for the safety on the roads. Furthermore, there’re many advantages of road signs and traffic lights on the roads.
Traffic signs give vital information about how far you’re from different places, when you want to turn on the streets. Traffic signs make traveling easy and less stressful on the road. Traffic signs have evolved so much over the decades and they’re not yet over. In fact, it’s a big area of invention as urban centers debate what changes they’d make to ensure road safety for motorists and pedestrians. Additionally, traffic signs keep pedestrians and drivers safe on the road. Driver safety is the top benefit of traffic signs. Without traffic signs on the roads, then, there’ll be many accidents. Motorists and pedestrians will have no idea when they’ll stop, yield or move fast.
They’d not be aware about upcoming obstacles on the road. Moreover, the lack of road signs would give reckless drivers freedom to do what they want hence putting themselves and other road users in danger. Traffic signs make the rules clear and keep other users in safety. In addition to that, traffic signs don’t solely safeguard those behind the wheels of cars. Motorists, pedestrians and cyclists use the road as well. So traffic signs help folks to know when and where they can cross a road and alert other road users of their presence. Pedestrians and cyclists can detect where they’re allowed, where the bike’s path is and if they should yield to other road users or not.
Moreover, when people follow the rules; everyone can share spaces safely. Additionally, traffic lights are sets of red, amber and green lights at places where roads meet. They help to control the traffic by signaling when road users have to stop and when they should go. Traffic lights are extremely crucial in the prevention of accidents when follow and obey on the roads. However, according to Annual Road Crash Statistics globally, approximately 1.35 million folks die in road crashes annually; on average 3,700 people lose their lives every day on the roads. An additional 20-50 million suffer non-fatal injuries, always culminating in long-term disabilities in people on earth. Moreover, in U.S. on average, there’re six million car accidents in the country yearly. That’s roughly 16,438 daily. Of the above, 22,471 caused solely property damage. Over 37,000 Americans die in automobile accidents annually. Additionally, in South Sudan, road accidents statistics according to the recent WHO information published in 2018; road accidents and deaths reached 3,829 or 3.47% of total deaths. The age adjusted death rate is 39.81 per 100,000 of population and which ranks South Sudan number 16 in the world. There’re many factors that contributes to road accidents and deaths and they include; breaking traffic rules, over speeding, reckless driving, drunk driving, bad road condition, not wearing seat belt, tailgating and distracted driving which is very common in South Sudan. You can see someone is driving while holding a phone in one hand communicating. Others are also busy chatting and replying messages on social media while driving.
Others are busy changing music in the cars and also drinking, eating while driving and when any careless accident occur, they’ll be the first to claim right before the traffic police even determine who’s right and who’s wrong. They’ll be the first to put the blame on the other person even if they’re guilty. In South Sudan, it is very common to see someone who has cause an accident on the road using threats, intimidation, abuse, fights and noise to silent the other driver who’s innocent.
Every human has a right to safety on the road in South Sudan; either rich, poor, big or small, crazy, deaf, citizen, foreigner, literate, illiterate, ugly, beautiful, black, white, brown or even colorless. All human lives are equal before God, safety and death on earth. Additionally, we’ve seen how boda-boda riders drive on the roads in South Sudan. they drive as if they’ve many lives; each boda-boda rider drive as if he has double lives, one moving with him on the road and the other reserve at home. They drive as if they’re on a suicide mission. They play with life, safety and death. They pay zero focus to safety on the roads and I wonder why they do such thing yet life itself is precious and unrenewable.
Once it is lost, then it has gone entirely. Boda-boda riders need to be politely remind that millionaires and billionaires have perished in many road accidents around the world and have left behind their riches and not even a single penny was buried with them in their graves. And that at the point of death, everything loses meaning; riches, money, social status and wisdom. Money is only sweetest when you’ve life, good health and safety on earth. You can’t enjoy money if you’re in cemetery. I’ll rather chose a 100 years over a trillion dollars if given a choice to select one among the two.
Finally, I urge the government, cities’ councils and road construction companies to make roads signs and traffic lights on the roads and enforce tough penalties on violators. With the ongoing construction of roads in the country, there’ll be many highways coming up and road accidents will be common in the future if there’re no tough laws in South Sudan. Construction companies need to also construct pedestrian overpasses, underpasses, road humps and zebra crossing points in Juba city to minimize accidents. They should also plant trees along the roads. Trees minimize accidents as well. Juba City Council need to ensure that all traffic lights are operational around the city. There is a need for serious awareness to the public about road safety to avoid lives been lost through needless road accidents in South Sudan.
Gen. Buay rejects investigation committee on Mayom extrajudicial killings
JUBA – South Sudan opposition commander and leader of the holdout South Sudan People’s Movement/Army (SSPM/A) Gen. Stephen Buay Rolnyang has downplayed impact of a recent investigation committee formed by President Kiir to investigate Mayom extrajudicial killings.
In July, fighting between rebel forces belonging to Buay and South Sudan People’s Defense Forces resulted in the killing of Mayom County Commissioner who was attacked and assassinated in his house at dawn on July 21.
The government responded by hunting down rebel forces and was able to convince Sudan to handover to them those who had fled to Sudan. Four opposition commanders who were handed over by the Sudanese authorities were later on executed.
The killing parked public outcry with President Kiir being urged by members of the public to remove the governor of Unity State Nguen Manytuil Wijang who is accused of direct involvement in the killing of the opposition commanders.
Kiir then formed a committee to investigate the rising insecurity in Unity State and told the committee to receive a report in a period not exceeding two weeks.
Speaking to Sudans Post this afternoon, General Buay said he doubts that something will be done by the committee, citing previous committees formed without tangible results.
“The SSPM/A has learned with great concern the formation of the investigation committee that was formed by the regime to investigate the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers who were kidnapped in Fula state, Sudan on 6 August 2022 and summarily executed in Mayom by the governor of unity state on 8 August 2022,” he said.
“It has been a tendency of the regime to form an investigation committee which usually ends up without any tangible results or outcome,” he added.
He said “Several investigation committees were formed by the President himself and the results were undermined and sabotaged and thrown into dustbin with good example of the recent investigation committee that was formed to investigate atrocities that were committed by allied militias and SSPDF forces in South of Unity state, therefore, the investigation committee ended up without any tangible results. So, this investigation committee is not exceptional.”
General Buay further alleged that army generals who were involved “in the extrajudicial killing of the SSPA officers have been secretly sent to Khartoum by Hon. Tut Gatluak pretending to be sick to avoid investigation committee.”
These, he said, are General Joseph Manyuat, General Bol Mayak, and General Michal Makal Kuol Majak.
President Kiir encourages household farmers to engage in agricultural activities to improve livelihood
JUBA, 24th September (Office of the President) – His Excellency President Salva Kiir Mayardit on Saturday had encouraged every household farmer to engage in agricultural and other productive activities in order to collectively improve the livelihood of the people.
A statement the President made while on inspection visit to his Rice and Maize plantation farm in Luri.
President Kiir said some of the plantations like Rice and Maize at his farm are ready for harvest.
President Kiir has ventured into farming during some of his free time mostly on Weekends as an example to lead and encourage the people to engage in agricultural activities in order to collectively improve the livelihoods.
The President also appreciated those that responded to his call and are using some of their free time to engage in agriculture and other productive activities, something that he urges every individual South Sudanese to embark on during their free time.
“This is the rice plantation, some plantations ready for harvest. if every household across the Country does this, we would have sufficient food, and we would not be complaining of food shortage and hunger. I encourage every household to do something productive and innovative for themselves.” said President Salva Kiir at his farm in Luri during the inspection today.
Speaking to the Press after the field visit, the Executive Director in the Office of the President Hon. James Deng Wal said the people of South Sudan are blessed with a very fertile land that don’t need fertilisers for productivity.
Wal added that the President is encouraging every household to take up the tools and carry out farming for personal consumption.
Meet Garang Kuot, National Democratic Alliance Secretary General
After its official launch, National Democratic Alliance (NDA) announced its Secretary General – Garang Kuot Kuot.
“In accordance with the ordinary sitting number seven of 18th September of 2022, the global steering committee for the establishment and registration of the National Democratic Alliance unanimously nominated and endorsed the appointment of Mr. Garang Kuot Kuot as Global Secretary General with effect from 21st September 2022.
Garang Kuot said that his appointment came after critics claimed the new party launched last week was just a faceless internet thing.
“This is the only appointment done by the NDA, and the purpose was to put a human face on the organization so that people would not think that NDA is some kind of internet thing and the people leading it are afraid to be known. This is the reason we at NDA wanted to reach many people and give them confidence in the NDA as a legitimate political force,” Garang said.
National Democratic Alliance is a youth-led political party backed by former child soldiers popularly known as the Red Army.
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