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15.10.2005 General News

Foundation urges govt to provide more alcoholmeters

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Kumasi, Oct.15, GNA - Leaders of Tomorrow Foundation, a local NGO has called on the government to procure more alcoholmeters for the police to check alcoholic contents of drunken drivers. It observed that reports indicate that most drivers involved in road accidents show high percentage of alcohol in their blood ranging from 300-383/100 milligram's. The Foundation said this was above the accepted level of 2.43/100 milligram's and enough to affect the judgment of the drivers.

This was contained in a release signed by Mr Appiah Kusi Adomako, President of the Foundation and issued to the press in Kumasi on Friday. The release called for the introduction of speed limits and cameras at dangerous road sections stressing the need for the police to ensure that all serious driving and traffic offenders are brought to court and prosecuted.

It called on the government to issue guidelines concerning the importation and sale of used tyres in the country adding that, imported tyres that do not meet set standards be banned from the market. The Foundation urged the government to streamline the process of acquisition of driver's licenses for new drivers to ensure that only qualified ones are issued with licenses.

It also stressed the need for an effective means of monitoring the programmes of the various driving schools in the country to ensure that would-be drivers are well trained.

The release appealed to the government to endeavour to use part of the road fund to support the rehabilitation and development of the nation's road networks.

It urged the government to ensure that more towing vehicles are acquired so that they can be used to tow broken down vehicles, which more often obstruct the flow of traffic.

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