Central Region records five percent increase in road crashes

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General News of Saturday, 7 December 2019

Source: ghananewsagency.org

2019-12-07

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The Central Region recorded a total of 223 cases of road crashes in the third quarter of 2019 as against 211 in 2018, representing a five percent increase in road crashes over the same period last year.

Mr. Victor Kojo Bilson, the Acting Regional Head of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) disclosed this at the Regional launch of road safety campaign ahead of the Yuletide in Cape Coast.

It was attended by transport organisations in the Region including; Francol transport limited, Metro Mass Transit (MMT), the Ghana Private Road Transport Union ( GPRTU), Mabs transit services limited and the Cooperative transit union.

Mr Bilson attributed the marginal increase in road crashes to myriad of factors such as drink-driving, fatigue, overloading, and failure to use seat belts, wrongful overtaking, and speed.

To ensure incidents free road crashes and fatalities before, during and after the festive period, Mr. Bilson, encouraged drivers to be advocates and educate their colleagues to be cautious of their actions and inactions on the roads.

Drivers must be more careful, responsible and execute their duties with due diligence – taking routine rest, avoid phone calls while driving, alcohol and dutifully observing all mandatory regulations accordingly.

Mr Paul Manly Awini, the Regional Police Commander, on his part cautioned driver against wrongful over taking, tiredness and non-adherence to road traffic regulations.

Launching the road safety campaign, Mr. Kwamena Duncan, the Regional Minister said the campaign had become necessary to reach out to drivers and other road users to obey road traffic regulations.

He described the role of drivers as inevitable and essential commuters from their homes and therefore told the Authority to consider holding a six-month intensive refresher training programme for drivers to educate them on best practices in driving, road traffic regulations and sanctions thereof.

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