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A new batch of Lebanese Red Cross teams train on the most advanced rescue techniques

15 July 2015

Roads for Life President Zeina Kassem asserted that the early stages of the implementation of the new traffic law have led to a noticeable decrease (over 40%) in the number of accidents and victims in Lebanon.

While the establishment of the National Road Safety Council is necessary, she argued, it remains nonetheless inactive for the time being. Yet this does not mean that the computerization of the traffic authority and the launch of the drivers’ traffic register should not be initiated.

Kassem wondered about the reasons underlying the delay in setting the conditions for the tender conditions to issue new fiscal stamps, which would allow security forces to write tickets and citizens to pay the fines.

Kassem’s statements coincided with the graduation ceremony of a new batch of 25 Lebanese Red Cross (LRC) EMS volunteers at Bethania – Harissa in partnership with the Banque Libanaise pour le Commerce (BLC), which is covering the costs of the PHTLS training program. The volunteers come from the sectors of Qabrshmoun, Aley, Baabda, Batroun, Boulogne, Damour, Falougha, Furn al-Shebbak, Jezzine, Jounieh, Kornet Chehwan, Koura, Spears, Tripoli and Zgharta. In conclusion, Kassem stressed that the lack of political decision-making exposes the traffic law to the threat of “seasonal” implementation, hence the utmost need to come up with a plan to rehabilitate roads, traffic signs and the whole infrastructure. It is also necessary to launch a national workshop to educate citizens so that Lebanon becomes a serious partaker of the United Nations Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020 to which it is already a signatory so that this signature is more than just a token.

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