Josephine Nyarkoh, GNA
Kumasi, Sept 22, GNA – The Ashanti Regional
Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr. Samuel Asiamah, has
called on political party leaders to join the campaign to make this year’s
He said as the nation edged closer to the
December polls, it was important for all to be careful and work together to
make the roads safe for everybody.
It should not be lost on the political
parties that every vote counted and therefore the need to do more to prevent
losing votes through road crashes.
Mr. Asiamah made the call through the Ghana
News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi and outlined a number of measures the Commission
had put in place to bring down road fatalities between now and the voting day.
These include deepening the conversation
with the parties, safety education campaign and enforcement of road traffic
He cautioned supporters of the various
parties, particularly, motorbike riders to get right with the road-traffic
regulations to prevent accidents.
Again, the practice where party faithful,
packed themselves into the bucket of pick-up vehicles and drove carelessly
through the cities, towns and villages, must end.
The warning comes against the backdrop of
the unacceptable high number of people killed through road crashes during the
election campaign period.
In the year 2008 election campaign period,
70 lives were lost, and 327 others suffered broken bones and cuts.
The situation was not any better in the 2012
polls, as 81 people were killed, with 581 others, getting hurt.
Mr. Asiamah said the trend could not
continue and he underlined the determination of the Commission to work with all
– the police, political parties and transport associations to check
indiscipline and recklessness on the road.