The Bono Regional Motor Traffic Transport Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) has launched its Road Safety Awareness Campaign in Sunyani.
The campaign is to conscientise drivers on how to minimize road accidents before, during and after the yuletide.
The Bono Regional MTTD Commander, DSP Stephen Sarfo Tenkorang, entreated drivers and passengers to value their lives by adhering to road safety regulations.
“About 90 percent of accidents is as a result of human error. We don't even engage only the drivers. We also engage the passengers because sometimes you realize that when the driver is driving, the passengers will be disturbing him and this can also cause an accident. We will hang a pendant in the car so even if the driver does not heed to what is written there [on the pendant], the passenger can draw his attention to look at what is hanging there in the car.”
“That is what we are aiming at to ensure that we reduce accidents on the road. And that is why we are doing this education. But we are not going to end only on education. We'll also enforce the law. So that if some drivers flout the law, we will arrest and prosecute them,” he said. Road Safety Campaign in Accra
Efforts by groups and institutions to prevent road accidents especially towards Christmas is on the rise as measures are being put in place to ensure an accident-free festive season.
Similar to the Bono Regional MTTD, the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) has also launched its road safety campaign ahead of the festive season.
The campaign dubbed the 'AMA Road Safety Mass Media Campaign' is to ensure an accident-free Christmas.
As part of the campaign, the Assembly would embark on a mass media campaign and an enforcement drive on speeding in the coming weeks to help reduce speeding above the posted limit in Accra.Offenders to be sanctioned
The Accra Motor Traffic and Transport Directorate of the Ghana Police Service has cautioned all motorists in the capital to drive within stipulated speed limits for their own safety.
The Greater Accra Commander of the MTTD, ACP Anderson Ofosu Ackaah indicated that his outfit would ensure it arrests and prosecutes all offenders.
“People die especially during the weekends. Most people do not observe the regulations. We are going to ensure and enforce the law to the latter that anyone who breaches the law will be sent to court because a lot of people are dying.