Koforidua, April 15, GNA – Mr David Osafo Adonteng, Director in charge, Research Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has expressed concern about the number of people who are killed during road crashes in Ghana.
He said in 2012 alone, more than 2,300 lives were lost through road crashes and described the situation as very alarming.
Mr Adonteng said one major concern of the NRSC was to put measures in place to ensure that road crashes and their fatalities were reduced drastically.
He expressed the concern when he paid a working visit to the Eastern Region to acquaint himself with road safety activities in the area and measures being put in place to bring road accident cases and fatalities down.
Mr Adonteng expressed worry about the fact that, irrespective of the Commission’s activities and programmes, ‘the road safety situation left much to be desired.’
He mentioned speeding, lack of maintenance of vehicles and disrespect for road traffic regulations as some of the major causes of road accidents in the country.
He disclosed that road accidents continued to be recorded on very good roads where drivers speed and ignore all road traffic regulations.
Mr Adonteng advised both pedestrians and drivers to observe road traffic regulations to help reduce road accidents across the country.
He said Ghana was saddled with a multiplicity of socio-economic mishaps that actually cripple the nation’s efforts at providing adequate social amenities, such as hospitals, roads, markets, electricity, potable drinking water and schools for its teeming citizens.
‘For how long can we continue to spend a chunk of the limited resources at our disposal, in trying to solve those developmental challenges, including avoidable accidents on the road’ he asked.
Mr Adonteng pledged the preparedness of the Commission to review its programmes and activities and take proactive measures to meet the target of reducing road crashes.
He commended the staff of the Commission in the Eastern Region for working hard to bring accident cases down in January and February this year.
The Eastern Regional Manager of the Commission, Mr Kwasi Tsibu Yirenkyi, said in January this year the region recorded a reduction of road crash fatalities from 19 in 2012 to 17 within the same period which represents a reduction of 10 percent.
He said in February this year 16 deaths were recorded as against 29 in 2012 which represents 44 percent reduction and described it as very encouraging.
Mr Yirenkyi said one major problem confronting them at the moment was pedestrian knock downs across the region, saying that in January this year 33 cases were reported as against 13 in 2012.
He said measures had been put in place to bring the situation under control.
Other members of the Commission who accompanied him were Mr Kwame Kodua Atuahene, Head of Communication and Mr Abraham Zaato, Assistant Planning Officer.