General News of Wednesday, 16 May 2018
The Western Regional Office of the National Road Safety Commission records indicate that 125 people lost their lives in road accidents in the Region in 2017.
It also recorded 161 pedestrian knockdowns with 57 losing their lives in the process.
This came to light when the Rotary Club of Sekondi-Takoradi embarked on sensitization on the need to be extra careful on the road to avert or bring to the barest minimum, the number of road accidents.
The activities embarked on include radio talk shows on road safety issues, engagements with some driver unions and repainting of faded road markings such as zebra crossings and pedestrian walkways within the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The President of the Sekondi-Takoradi Chapter of the Rotary Club, Mrs Anita Griffiths –Buaku, explained that her outfit deemed it prudent to repaint faded road markings to remind drivers on the need to slow down or even stop at some points of the road.
She noted that the paintings which were done at twenty spots targeted major streets and areas mostly used by students.
She mentioned some of the streets as the Nav West, Takoradi International, Young Christian and the Latter Day Saints streets where students from Airforce Complex Schools use.
Mrs Buaku appealed to drivers to exercise caution and avoid over speeding whiles driving, adding that there was the need for pedestrians to be attentive on the road to avoid being knocked down.
She reiterated that road safety was the collective responsibility of all road users and commended Mr and Mrs Everret of MONPE, the National Road Safety Commission and the media for supporting the project.