Dennis Peprah, GNA
Sunyani, Sept. 16, GNA – The National Road
Safety Commission (NRSC) has called on political parties to help intensify road
safety campaigns to ensure that the coming polls records no road fatalities.
Mr Samuel Asiamah, the Ashanti Regional
Manager of the NRSC, who gave the advice noted with concern the gross
indiscipline and reckless driving which is a contributory factor to the surge
in road fatalities in every election year.
He said this at an at an inter-party road
safety forum in Sunyani.
Participants at the forum included
representatives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), National Democratic Congress
(NDC), Progressive People’s Party (PPP), People’s National Convention (PNC) and
the Convention People’s Party (CPP).
The forum was aimed at bringing together
political parties and section of the media to deliberate and brainstorm on how
best to ensure an accident free election period.
Mr Asiamah, who is also the Acting Brong-Ahafo
Regional Manager of the NRSC, said 212 people lost their lives through road
crashes in the region in election 2012.
This unfortunate situation, he said, required
commitment from all political parties to champion the cause of road safety and
help control road crashes in the country.
Mr Asiamah said aside the loss of human lives;
the country also lost 1.6 percent of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP),
amounting to 660 million dollars through road accidents in the same period.
This money, he said, could be invested in the
agric, health, education and other pressing sectors of the economy to
facilitate accelerated growth and national development.
Superintendent Oppong Asirifi, the Brong-Ahafo
Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), said
the command has increased police visibility in some of the major towns in the
region to help control crime.
He said the police patrol has also been
intensified at some major highways and warned drivers against reckless driving-
over-speeding and drunk-driving.
He said human error remains the leading cause
of road crashes and urged passengers to always wear their seat belts and report
recalcitrant drivers to the police.