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02.04.2004 Regional News

Drivers blamed for frequent accidents in Ashanti region

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Kumasi, April 1, GNA- Chief Superintendent Augustine Gyenin, Ashanti Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) has attributed the frequent spate of accidents in the region to negligence and the refusal of drivers to observe basic traffic signs on the roads. He said the sustained road safety education campaign programmes, most drivers had refused to take precaution and drive carelessly on the highways resulting in fatal accidents in the region.

Chief Superintendent Gyenin said this at the Ashanti Regional launch of the Donewell's Road Safety Campaign and best driver awards ceremony in Kumasi on Wednesday. He said the first quarter of the year experienced an unprecedented high rate of accidents in the region, which resulted in many accidents. He therefore appealed to drivers to exercise a lot of caution on the road.

Mr Victor Larbi, Managing Director of Donewell Insurance Company, said the launching of the scheme was part of the company's social responsibilities to reward drivers who were the larger group of the company's clients. He said the scheme was to reward drivers who are safety conscious and courteous and urged all drivers to observe basic traffic regulations to prevent accidents.

In all two best drivers received awards made up of a 15-seater Toyota Hiase bus and KIA Pregio bus for the first and second positions respectively. Ten regional best drivers from all the ten regions would receive a double door fridge each.