It’s time to dualize major highways-Road Safety Authority

By
Afedzi Abdullah, GNA

Cape Coast, Jan.15,
GNA – Officials of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) have visited the
Dompoase accident scene and expressed concern about the huge loss of lives.

The visit followed a
shocking accident that occurred at Dompoase near Komenda Junction in the
Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem Municipality.

The accident on
Tuesday dawn claimed 34 lives including; three children and injured several
others.

It involved two
60-seater passenger buses travelling from the opposite direction on the Accra-
Takoradi highway.

The Authority has
therefore reiterated calls for the Country to dualize and open up its roads
especially on major highways to significantly eliminate head-on coalitions,
which had become a common feature on the country’s highways, claiming and
maiming many lives.

“The frequent
head-on coalitions should be a wake-up call for the Country to consider
innovative ways of tackling the problem once and for all”, David Osafo
Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programmes at the NRSA, indicated.

He led a delegation
from the NRSA and the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department to the
accident scene to assess the situation on the ground for first-hand information
and also visited some of the survivors receiving treatment at the Cape Coast
Teaching Hospital to wish them speedy recovery.

The Dompoase accident,
he said should influence policy direction to strengthen the advocacy for the
dualization of the Country’s highways as well as heighten road safety education
for drivers.

Mr Adonteng noted
that dualisation and by-passing of the Nsawam and Nkawkaw roads had
significantly eliminated head on coalition on that stretch adding that it was
time for the nation to redesign and also revamp its road infrastructure
particularly on the highways.

He said the NRSA
would continue to play its advocacy role to foster behavioral change in
drivers, while encouraging them to be disciplined in their operations to
eliminate avoidable human errors.

“If we don’t change
our behavior and the way we operate our vehicles on the road, the carnage will
not stop” he warned.

He said the NRSA
would organise series of classroom training to be spiced with road safety
education for commercial vehicle drivers in particular and advised drivers and
transport operators to ply their trade within the law, with the Police to
support the education.

Mr. victor Bilson,
Acting Regional Manager of the NRSA said preliminary investigations showed that
the accident occurred as a result of poor visibility due to the absence of
street lights and urged the authorities to fix some on the major high ways.

GNA