ARC drivers cautioned against reckless driving

The director of police in Aweil East County, Northern Bahr el Ghazal State, has appealed to Africa Resource Company (ARC) drivers to observe traffic laws and regulations to avoid fatal accidents.

“I call upon all these drivers of this company — who are here for development — that killing people every day will be a great loss to the country and the company,” Brig.-Gen. Pinyding Makuach Kuol told Akol Yam FM on Tuesday.

The call comes after several cases of accident were reported in the state and other parts of the country.

The latest recorded deadly accident involving an ARC vehicle occurred in Wanyjok town on Monday. Area police said they are holding the driver accused of knocking dead a trader.

Arop Garang Deng, 35, was hit by the vehicle at midnight while returning from Akon to Mayen Ulem around midnight.

The 27-year-old suspect identified with only one name, Amaar, was detained on Monday evening after he allegedly fled the scene.

Brig.-Gen. Pinyding said the victim succumbed to injuries before being rushed to a nearby health facility.

He urged the drivers to drive responsibly to avoid causing fatal accidents.

“It is better to leave the work for community’s safety instead of losing so many lives of people,” the police officer added.

Amaar is expected to be arraigned in court after investigations.

In July 2023, a tragic accident involving ARC truck and a public service vehicle traveling from Juba to the Bahr el Ghazal region resulted in the loss of three lives and left ten others injured in Awerial in Lakes State.

In September 2022, authorities in Warrap State said a 2-year-old boy died on spot after being hit by a speeding ARC truck at Mayen-gumel block in Kuajok town.

The ARC management is yet to comment on the appeal to its drivers.