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  • Oct 27, 2013
In an effort to curb accidents and road deaths - there are no working traffic lights and last year more than 380 fatalities occurred in 2,204 reported accidents - the West African country of Sierra Leone is adding a requirement to the process of earning a driver's license: drivers-to-be must play a board game before they take their driving test, Mirror reports.

No, it's not just any board game. It's The Driver's Way, which uses the country's road laws as source material and plays like Monopoly. Players roll traffic-light themed die and move little model cars around the board, encountering "vehicle tests" and road-law questions along the way.

People preparing to take the actual driver's license test must buy the game, which is made in India, for 60,000 Leones (almost $14). Three-thousand copies reportedly have already been imported.

Sarah Bendu, executive director of Sierra Leone's Road Transport Authority, says, after buying the game, "Then they will play it for two or three months, or maybe just one if they're smart enough, then they will come for their test."

Morie Lenghor, assistant inspector general of the police - and the game's creator - thinks the game will improve conditions on the road. "Most crashes here are a result of ignorance of the highway code. And most drivers don't even understand half the road signs."


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      Andrew Pappas
      • 1 Year Ago
      Anyone up for some Miles Borne? (sp?)
        karman876
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Andrew Pappas
        Close - Mille Bornes (translation 1000 milestones)
      pinsimms99
      • 1 Year Ago
      There are no working traffic lights in the country, yet the required board game uses a traffic-light themed die? Nice.
      RobG
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to get a copy of this board game! Sounds like fun. :)
      FuelToTheFire
      • 1 Year Ago
      I don't know why we keep giving these shitpot countries foreign aid. We should just let them wallow in their own filth and deport any immigrants from there who are living over here.
        hemijohn
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        Trollololol
        Daniel D
        • 1 Year Ago
        @FuelToTheFire
        The Canadians can be pretty harsh sometimes about their southern neighbors, but thats no reason to bring it up here.
      Ducman69
      • 1 Year Ago
      What they need is birth control. The lack of traffic lights and poor education of the public are all just symptoms of having more children than they can afford to invest in every year. No country to date has been able to better itself with such a high birth rate, and its common sense, when daddy has six kids among three women and the children have no guidance and insufficient funds split between them to be raised properly and learn, they make the same bad decisions and don't make much of themselves and so you end up with a poor area with insufficient funds to create a proper driving infrastructure with intelligent people behind the wheel. The World Health Organization already did a driving fatality rate study that found that the poorest, which are generally the least educated, of any country experience the highest automotive fatality rates.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Poor people shouldn't have kids.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
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          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
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          wendavid99
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          That's why there were uprisings and revolutions in history when governments were under control by people like you.
          Basil Exposition
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          @ John, are you saying it is everyone's natural born right to subject children to filth, malnourishment, lack of healthcare and lack of education? It has nothing to do with right vs privilage, it has to do with moral obligation. Parents have a moral obligation to provide a healthy, positive environment for their children to grow up in. If you are unable to do so, due to lack of funds or any other reason, than you should not become a parent.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        [blocked]
          Ducman69
          • 1 Year Ago
          If your birth control strategy involves abortions instead of condoms and vasectomies, you've failed.
        sensibility2
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Ducman69
        Your ignorance of facts is shining through here. How did you deduce having more children with what's going on in that country? You are better served to abstain from any commentary about a subject matter when you are clueless about it as you have just shown here. What do you know about their history? Evidently non because if our country, and I am assuming you are an American, has gone through the civil war and political strife and not to mention government corruption, that country has gone through you will not be here writing smack of a nonesense.
      waetherman
      • 1 Year Ago
      That makes a lot of sense to me - if you can make learning the rules of the road a fun game to play rather than just a boring book to read, it'll probably make it easier for people to learn and that knowledge will be retained better.
        Ducman69
        • 1 Year Ago
        @waetherman
        The reason they do this is that the average citizen of Sierra Leone is sadly dumber than dirt. The literacy rate is only 42%, so they couldn't read a technical manual and understand it if they wanted to. http://www.unicef.org/infobycountry/sierraleone_statistics.html Making the test into a childlike game is a bandaid on the real problem.
          sensibility2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          Going by your reasoning, we are Americans must be that dumb as well because a few of them we have encountered in the college classrooms and Nigerians as well seem to do a whole lot better in mathematics and sciences in general than many of our American kids.
          sensibility2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Ducman69
          Hiding behind the keyboard does not take away from who and what you are. You know it and now everyone knows it. The more you write, the more your ignorance comes through for all to read.
      SquareFour
      • 1 Year Ago
      This really is a good idea, don't knock it simply on the grounds of "third-world." Truth is, we could use something like this in the States. Too many new drivers do the minimum, skate by and then promptly forget anything they did manage to learn in driver's ed. I say produce a video game (all systems and PC) and make it a mandatory purchase for anyone looking to get a DL. Hell, maybe make it a mandatory purchase for everyone at their next renewal as well...I'm tired of driving amidst people who obviously don't know the rules/laws.
        FuelToTheFire
        • 1 Year Ago
        @SquareFour
        Who are the worst drivers on the road? Poor people. Welfare recipients. Peasants.The ignorant masses. We could make the driving tests prohibitively expensive so that the ignorant commoners can't drive. That would solve all or most problems. Another way we could force the ignorant commoners to stop driving is by privatizing all highways. If you want to drive on a certain highway, you should pay them a monthly subscription. Dumbshit welfare recipients can't do that, so they'd have to give up their driving pruveledges.
          sensibility2
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          You sound like you are one yourself, peasant and ignorant commoner, that is.
          Mat Ford Rayman
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          Ah yes, a sensible policy. Make driving so prohibitively expensive that poor people couldn't even afford to get to their job if they wanted to. I see no problems with this...
          atc98092
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          Rats. Wish we could edit... "...I know SOME very educated..."
          gtv4rudy
          • 1 Year Ago
          @FuelToTheFire
          God , are you ever a moron.
      hemijohn
      • 1 Year Ago
      All you guys in the comments area are Silly if you dont understand that "Cultural differences" make these things the way they are.
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