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27.03.2009 General News

Adopt this measure to help curb accidents on the road — GPRTU

By gna

A measure adopted by the Winneba Branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) that never permitted a second vehicle to overtake the one that left the station first is yielding fruitful results.

The Vice-Chairman of the Union, Mr Samuel Quartey, who said this in an interview with Ghana News Agency in Winneba, has therefore, appealed to other branches of the union to adopt the measure to help reduce the high rate of accidents.

Under that measure, the driver who would overtakes a vehicle ahead of him from Winneba would never be loaded on reaching Accra but would be blamed to have over sped and sanctioned, he said.

“This situation prevented drivers from over speeding and unnecessarily overtaking their colleagues with the intention of reaching their destinations faster for another trip.”

According to Mr Quartey, as a result no driver of their Union from both Accra and Winneba has been involved in the recorded accidents on the Winneba-Kasoa-Accra road for the past three years.

He, however, did not mention the type of sanctions but said it was punitive enough.

Mr Quartey expressed concern about the increasing spate of accidents on the Winneba-Kasoa-Accra road and appealed to drivers to avoid over speeding, wrongful over-taking and over-loading.

He suggested that cameras be installed on vantage points on highways to detect speeding vehicles.

On behalf of the union, expressed his condolence to the bereaved families and wished those still on admission speedy recovery.