Magistrate Bojang of the Kanifing Magistrates’ Court has cautioned commercial drivers to exercise some degree of patience and exhibit strong sense of responsibility to save lives.
The magistrate said this during the proceeding of a traffic case filed by the police prosecution led by Assistant Superintendent Camara against one Lamin Sambou, in which the prosecution applied for an adjournment on grounds that their witness was absent.
The magistrate adjourned the case to 24th October 2016 for continuation and reminded the police prosecutors about his experience as a former senior police officer and his exposure to traffic-related matters, including commercial drivers.
According to the magistrate, there is need for commercial drivers to pay extra care and diligence on the roads as more traffic accidents continue to be reported. He said many of the accidents are directly caused by commercial drivers.
He added that many of the traffic accidents are caused through carefree and reckless attitudes exhibited by drivers, especially commercial drivers, who he said are always busy looking for customers with less regard to other road users.
Further commenting on the case, the magistrate made it known to the police prosecutor that he would exercise the powers conferred on him by Section 123 of the Criminal Procedure Code to recall one of the witnesses in the case for further cross-examination to clear some doubts raised in his evidence.
by Sanna Jawara