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22.03.2006 Regional News

"Use logbooks to check accidents on our roads"-Ambrose

By GNA

Saltpond (C/R), March 22, GNA - A Pharmacist at the Saltpond District Hospital, Mr Derrick Owusu Ambrose, has advocated the use of logbooks for checking over-speeding of commercial vehicles to reduce the high rate of accidents on our roads. Mr Ambrose explained that the time the vehicle moved from the loading point should be recorded in the logbook, which should be checked at the various police barriers and the last destination to ascertain the speed the driver was driving.

The Pharmacist was commenting on the alarming rate the nation's human resources were being killed or maimed in road accidents in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Saltpond. Mr Ambrose said the use of an instrument by the police to check over- speeding was no longer effective, as the drivers kept on warning their fellows about the presence of the police on the road for the on-coming drivers to lower their speed.

He expressed concern about the reckless manner drivers of city express buses conducted themselves on the roads and appealed to the law enforcing agents to "check them before they kill all our people". Mr Ambrose, who is also the assembly man for Adiembra Electoral Area of the Assin South Assembly noted that fatal accidents, which occurred recently on Accra-Mankessim road involved City Express buses. He cited the accident, which occurred at Gomoa Assin last Friday, which claimed 24 lives and the one at Gomoa Okyereko, which also claimed nine lives to support his assertion.

Mr Ambrose appealed to the engineers of the Ghana Highway Authority to correct faults on portions of our roads declared accident-prone areas. Erecting signposts to warn road users about the nature of the road do not correct the fault, he stated, and added that, as much as possible what made the place accident-prone should be removed to make it accident free.

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