By WALLACE KIALA
THE National Capital District will have three permanent sub-traffic stations at designated locations around the city by next month to monitor vehicles and provide effective road safety enforcement.
NCD officer in charge of traffic police Chief Insp Michael Kanguma said last Friday that this was to help curb the increasing road accidents and rate of pollution and road infringements by unroadworthy vehicles in the city and also to support ongoing campaigns by NCD Members of Parliament to secure safer communities for city residents.
Chief Insp Kanguma said this move was aimed at minimising the load of police monitoring city motorists from its Four-Mile office.
Under this programme, coordination would be jointly done by the Gordon, Waigani and Badili police stations respectively, using the available manpower.
And officers from the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), Motor Vehicle Insurance Limited (MVIL) will be very much a part of this during road checks.
“We want to reduce law and order problems and reduce traffic injuries associated with vehicles and also work closely with our MPs to make NCD better and safer,” Chief Insp Kanguma said.
The three stations would be located at Port Moresby South, Northeast and Northwest.
Meanwhile, he added that the NCD traffic enforcement was being established as part of the national road safety strategy undertaken by different stakeholders as part of the global approached for road safety being administered by the World Health Organisation.
The WHO approach included the heath department’s Lifestyle Disease Unit, NRSC, MVIL, Lands and Transport division of the Department of Transport and St John Ambulance.
Representatives from these organisations set up a committee and carried out a road safety survey in the country. The committee had formulated the first global road safety report for PNG administered by the WHO.
Chief Insp Kanguma said last year’s study was carried out by key stakeholders who put together the country’s report.