The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has debunked the long held perception by sections of the media that, the Commission is only visible during festive seasons, saying they ran an all year programme towards promoting safety on the country’s roads.
Ms. May Obiri- Yeboah, the Executive Director of the Commission said “Our offices across the country have until today been engaging road users in the media, schools, churches, mosques, markets, salons, drinking spots among others. What we seek to do during these festive seasons is to increase our efforts to confront the likelihood of increased risk to deaths and injuries.”
Speaking at the launch of the National Easter campaign held in Accra, she stated that the months of January and February recorded a total number of 2,085 crashes resulting in 366 deaths and 2,272 injuries involving a total 3,415 vehicles.
This, she said, comprises of 1,394 commercial vehicles, 1, 401 private vehicles and 620 motorcycles. This situation, the Executive Director of the Commission adds compares unfavorably with the situation of the same period last year where a total of 1986 reported crashes resulted in 2,069 injuries and 354 deaths.
Ms. Obiri- Yeboah mentioned that for the same period, a total of 2, 987 vehicles comprising 1, 255 commercial vehicles, 1,221 private vehicles and 511 motorcycles were involved in crashes. This, she said implies that, compared to the same period last year, the number of road traffic crashes and the number of vehicles involved have increased by approximately 5% and 14.3% respectively, whereas the number of recorded injuries and deaths had respectively appreciated by 9.8% and 3.4%.
Preliminary investigations into the above crashes according to the Executive Director of the Commission show that contempt for and non compliance with road safety regulations on the parts of drivers is as concern.
Most of the incidents involving high occupancy vehicles according to her where the results of overspeeding and wrongful overtaking, adding that the absence of road signs and road markings, street lighting and safe crossing facilities for pedestrians, impacted negatively on the situation in some regards.
This trend, she opined, is unacceptable but reversible provided stakeholders and road users collectively commit to renew its energies to as a matter of necessity flesh out appropriate interventions that equip Ghana’s roads of the requisite facilities.
Hon. Kweku Asiamah, the Minister for Transport in his delivery said “we need to make the road safety message, a household message. We must reach out to every individual in every corner of the country.
Government cannot do this on her own for obvious resource constrains. We will therefore rely on your continuous support in this regard.’’
Source: Adovor Nutifafa