Source: Ben Laryea
The National Road Safety Authority (NSRA) has announced that 8 people die daily on the road across the country and a total of 734 road crashes death have been recorded by the Authority from the months of January to April this year 2022 as against the previous data of 771 last year, 2021.
This disturbing figures came to light when the National Road Safety Authority in collaboration with the Ministry of Transport launched the Easter 2022 road safety campaign at the Neoplan Station, near the Kwame Nkrumah Circle in Accra with DVLA, MTTD, COVID-19 National Trust Fund, GRTCC and GPRTU in attendance.
The yearly programme was organised by the NRSA with support from the transport ministry to sensitise the public particularly drives on the alarming rate of road crashes which is mainly attributed to discipline on the roads as well as reckless driving.
The carnage is due to wrongful overtaking, disable trucks parked on the shoulders of the roads, fatigue, drunk driving, high speed, worn out tyres, poor visibility, absence of road signs and markings, seats belts, broken traffic light among others.
The Ag. Director-General of the NRSA Ing. David Adonteng said the Authority as part of the advocacy on safe driving, management is still intensifying the sensitisation to help drivers at the various terminals across the country.
The urged drivers to apply the rules and regulations governing the road space and appealed to them not to be in haste during the Easter festivities by transporting passengers to and fro from their respective journeys.
“Take rest when fatigue sets in and avoid unnecessary over taking which occasionally ends up head on collusion”, he charged and further advised that drivers be responsible, committed by using the roads wisely.
The Authority will continue to scale up road education through training, and also build the capacity of stakeholders in the road sector value chain and commended also the media for their tireless support on road safety coverage and programmes.
The Minister of Transport, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah in a speech read on his behalf said the loss of lives on the roads have adverse effects on the country’s production and growth, adding that government is working fervently to dualise the highways and also rolled out more initiatives and programmes in the road sector.
The urged the various transport unions to daily check their log books of drivers and ensure that reflective jackets are worn as highways patrols will be increase to check the indiscipline on the roads.