The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in the Upper West Region has appealed to the relevant agencies in the Wa Municipality to fight for the installation of traffic lights at crash prone junctions in Wa.
Golden key junction, hospital junction, upland junction, “kaawukudi” junction, NIB junction and Kambali Junction among others are among the areas identified by the Commission as prone to traffic accidents and need traffic lights.
Mr. Abdul-Samad Mohammed, the Upper West Regional Manager of the NRSC, who made the appeal while making a presentation at a stakeholders’ meeting in Wa, said the installation of the traffic lights would help in reducing the carnage on roads in the regional capital.
He also called for the immediate replacement of the only traffic light in the Municipality that had broken down and had been left unattended to for several months now in order to enhance free flow of traffic.
Mr. Mohammed said he was optimistic that the replacement of the old traffic light and the installation of new ones at the identified crash prone areas would contribute significantly in reducing road crashes in the Municipality.
He said some measures put in place had helped to reduce deaths through road crashes by 16 percent in the Region and called for more collaboration among stakeholders to hit the 30 percent target for the year.
Mr. Mohammed mentioned bad attitude and indiscipline by road users, ignorance about road traffic rules and regulations, riding of motor bikes and motor tricycles by minors, operation of tricycles without reflective tapes and registration numbers and non-wearing of crash helmets as some of the major road safety challenges in the region.
Dr. Avea Ephraim Nsoh, the Upper West Regional Minister, said the country must protect its precious human resource for accelerated development and not lose them to preventable road accidents.