General News of Tuesday, 17 April 2018
About 90 percent of the road accidents that occur in Ghana are as a result of human errors, May Obiri Yeboah, Executive Secretary of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has said.
According to her, wrong overtaking, drink-driving and disregard for road safety regulations have resulted in some of the deadly road accidents in the country.
In order to help deal with the accidents in the country, drivers must avoid committing errors, she said.
Her comments follow the recent gory accidents that have occurred in various parts of the country.
The Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service (MTTD) has revealed that a total of 592 people died in 3,193 road accidents across the country within three months of this year as against the 530 recorded last year.
Additionally, 3,343 people suffered injuries, while 792 pedestrian knock-downs were recorded during the crashes.
Speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM hosted by Chief Jerry Forson, on Tuesday, 17 April, Obiri Yebaoh said: “The accidents are caused by indiscipline on our roads, over 90 percent of the accidents are caused by human errors. Most of the drivers engage in speeding, wrong overtaking and overloading and that is a problem for the country.”
Meanwhile, Member of Parliament for Tema East and Deputy Transport Minister, Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover, has asked motorists to respect road safety regulations in order to deal with the accidents.
“We need to obey road safety regulations to reduce accidents in the country.”
“In countries where accidents have been reduced, the laws are respected, when people flout them they are punished.
“But in Ghana what do we see? Motor riders disregard traffic regulations with impunity, causing problems for people on the roads,” he told Chief Jerry Forson.