Motorcycles, speed recording cameras, protective vests for police officers are part of U.S. Embassy’s $1.1 Million donation to enhance Road Safety
Islamabad – To ensure road safety and free flow of traffic to save human lives on highways & motorways, Head of Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement (INL) in Pakistan, Ramon Chico Negron, handed over a fleet of police motorbikes as well as bullet proof vests and speed recording cameras to National Highways & Motorway Police in Islamabad.
Around 45 police motorbikes, 50 day and night-vision speed checking systems and 500 protective vests for men and women police officers, worth $1.1 million-dollar, were handed over to the Highway Police at a ceremony held at Highway Police Headquarters. U.S. Embassy Islamabad and Government of Pakistan officials joined senior officers of the National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) at the ceremony.
“Motorway police is professionally sound and progressive department with zero intolerance on corruption” remarked Mr. Chico Negron, Director INL. He further added that the police bikes and speed checking devices would complement the endeavors of motorway police towards road safety.
The bikes and equipment would be used in daily operations of Police to will ensure free flow of traffic and beneficial to save human lives on highways & motorways. Mr. Ramon Chico assured that such cooperation with Ministry of Communications and NH&MP shall continue in future so that the precious live of road users can be protected.
Mian. Alam Dad Laleeka, Parliamentary Secretary for Communications said that Motorway police is serving the nation for the past 18 years and uphold its high standards of professionalism. “National Highways and Motorway Police (NH&MP) is performing excellent job in saving the lives of road users and have succeeded to establish the law-abiding culture in the country” he said, adding that this is well demonstrated by the fact that its jurisdiction continues to expand.
Mr. Laleeka said that setting up of Road Safety Institutes at district level to impart driving training among masses is a major step in the right direction to bring positive attitudinal change.
The Inspector General National Highways and Motorway Police said that during the past 18 years, Highway Police has attained the status of the premier and lead traffic regulation and enforcement agency in Pakistan. “By sticking to its core values of honesty, courtesy and help, NH&MP has won hearts of the public. People look towards us as guards and guides which is a matter of pride and great satisfaction for us.” NH&MP has established Road Safety Training Institutes at district level in the country to impart standardize driving training to the people. He said that these bikes would be used for patrolling on highways particularly in urbanized and congested areas which would ensure smooth and free flow of traffic with saving valuable time.
“Over-speeding at night has been a challenge on motorways but the same is being effectively controlled through speed checking devices.” He said that the new speed checking system would also help in minimizing accidents and severity of injuries. He thanked the INL (USA) for providing a gift of bikes, police vests and Police Bikes, day and night speed checking systems and bulletproof vests to the Police.
At the handover ceremony, U.S. Embassy officials said the U.S. Government’s continued support aims to enhance the capability of law enforcement agencies across Pakistan to provide higher levels of service to its citizens. Mr. Negron added that the equipment will increase road safety in Pakistan and provide better protection to officers on duty.
The Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL) works in more than 90 countries to help countries combat crime and corruption, counter drug-related crime, improve police institutions, and promote laws and court systems that are fair and accountable.