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11.11.2008 Social News

Road Safety Commission educates … With call for adherence

By Isaac Akweetey - Ghanaian Chronicle

The Eastern Regional branch of National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has organised a one-day workshop for drivers of Anyinam in the Atiwa District, with a call on drivers to ensure and adhere to road safety regulations.

Addressing the gathering of drivers, the Eastern Regional Branch Director of the NRSC, Mr. Stephen Anokye, expressed worry over the spate of road accidents in the country, which he attributed to the non-compliance to road safety regulations on the part of drivers.

According to him, statistics had shown that 90 vehicles were involved in road crashes in Koforidua, Nkawkaw, Kyebi, Oda, Akropong-Akuapim, and Akosombo, in which over 300 lives were lost, in the month of June this year.

He noted that in order to eradicate or prevent these tragedies on the roads, there was the need for all and sundry to rise to the occasion of ensuring road safety regulations, which has posed the greatest challenge in the road sector.

Mr. Anokye explained that as part of efforts and measures to arrest the escalation of road accidents, the commission, in partnership with the District Assembly, had established a Road Safety Committee Task Force (DRSCTF), to ensure that road safety campaigns were conducted, as well as sustained.

He encouraged members of the DRSCTF to work hard and effectively, in order to achieve the needed objective, even though the task to ensure and sustain road safety regulations was overwhelming.

The Eastern Regional Commanding Officer of the Motor Transport and Traffic Unit (MTTU), Superintendent James Sarfer Peprah, advised drivers to eschew the habit of overloading, over- speeding and drunkenness, since they were the major causes of road accidents.

He also asked them not to allow pregnant women and children below six (6) years to sit in the front seats of their vehicles.

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