VP: Accidents were the source if greatest sorrow last 5 years

Vice President Faisal Naseem speaks at the closing of the Traffic Monitors program on November 8, 2023. (Photo/President's Office)

Vice President Faisal Naseem says that news of land and marine accidents had been the source of his deepest concern and the greatest sorrow the last five years.

He made the remark during the closing ceremony of the 85th and 86th Traffic Monitors program on Tuesday night.

Faisal said that over 18,000 road accidents have taken place in Maldives over the last five years, with the number of marine accidents also high.

He said that the number of fatalities in the accidents are alarmingly high.

“There are accidents happening every single day,” he said.

Faisal said that accidents aren’t a threat just to larger islands such as Male’ City, but also small islands.

He said that the police have run a lot of initiatives to raise awareness and promote road safety.

“There isn’t a week that goes by that Assistant Commissioner Naveen, Sameer, and other officials don’t call me regarding road [safety programs],” he said.

Faisal thanked the police for their service.

The Traffic Monitors program aims to build a generation of road safety advocates, and educate students on traffic laws and regulations.

The program has trained 2,735 students since its inception in 2014.