Stakeholders schooled on road safety management

By
Samira Larbie, GNA
 

Accra, Aug. 14 ,GNA
– The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has organised an international
road safety course for West African road safety management professionals to
help improve road safety situations.

The five-day
training course is to enable the professionals understand the problem and
causes of road crashes and know how best to resolve or prevent them from
happening by applying the right methods.

Mrs May
Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of the NRSC, said road safety is a shared
responsibility due to the broad socio- economic effects, and advocated wider
stakeholder collaboration to ensure a sustainable solution.

She said research
and statistics indicated that speed is the major cause of road crashes in the
country and for this reason the course was organised to enable the professions
to better improve their systems and inform their operations.

She said the work of
road safety stakeholders interrelates and therefore it as necessary they have
them on board during the course so that they could work effectively.

Mrs Obiri-Yeboah
urged the stakeholders to learn through the course what other countries have
done and customise to suit the local settings as far as road safety is
concerned.

Professor Emeritus
Fred Wegman, Researcher Delft University of Technology during the training said
the course is aimed at training the professionals to do their jobs better and
are able to apply what they have acquired during the course in their local settings.

He said all the
different component of road systems and networks both in Ghana and Nigeria
could be improved through proper traffic management.

Prof Wegman advised
the participants not to limit themselves to one cause of crashes but should
rather open their minds to other factors and know how to prevent such causes
from reoccurring.

“Improving road
safety in the country depends on the road technicians and how you adapt it to
your condition is what matters.

“This is because
there are different situations in all countries and therefore there is the need
to know how your systems works and be able to come up with measures that best
suits the people”. He added.

The training funded
by the World Bank and would be taking participants through topics such as road
safety management, risks on roads and road safety interventions.

From January to
June, 6,205 road crashes were recorded involving 9,368 vehicles. Total number
of casualties stands at 6,336 with 1,034 deaths and 5,302 injuries.

GNA

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