By Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Sept. 17,
GNA – The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), would on September 20
organise a dialogue with political parties on measures to mitigate motor
accidents prior to the December polls.
The dialogue would
provide platform for the Commission to sensitise political parties to educate
their members and supporters on road safety issues to help reduce accidents
that occur during political campaigns.
Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of NRSC announced this when a delegation from
the Commission paid a courtesy call on Former President John Kufuor.
The purpose was to
invite the Former President to be part of the dialoque and use his influence to
educate party supporters on road safety issues ahead of the Presidential and
She said it is
imperative for the Commission to meet the various political parties to educate
them on the need to sensitise their supporters not to overload and overspeed
their campaign vehicles as well as engage in reckless driving.
expressed concern about the rate of pedestrian knock downs during election
campaigns and urged political parties to be careful of reckless driving
especially with the Presidential candidate’s convoy.
She said trends,
since the 2000 elections, indicate that road crashes increase in election years
claiming more lives than malaria or HIV and AIDS and violent crimes.
However in 1999,
road traffic fatalities in the country was 1,237, but increased to 1,437 in
2000, representing an increase of 16.2 per cent.
In 2004, road
traffic fatalities increased by 27.4 per cent at a figure of 2,186, upon the
2003 figure of 1,716.
The Commission in
collaboration with the leaders of the various political parties in 2008 led to
a decrease of road traffic fatalities by 5.1 per cent from 2,043 in 2007 to
1,938 in 2008.
President commended the Commission for the initiative and assured them of his
presence to educate supporters of political parties on the need to observe road
safety campaigns ahead of the elections.
He appealed to
drivers not to drink before driving especially before, during and after the
Kufuor stated that drivers must keep to the posted speed limits on the road,
keep a safe distance between the lead and follow-up vehicle, be alert
particularly at intersections, and get enough rest after driving continuously
for four hours.
He noted that road
crashes and their resultant consequences are avoidable, and that political
parties should play a major role in ensuring road safety in the movement of
their members and supporters during electioneering.