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Central Region records 524 accidents in first quarter

By Isaac Arkoh, GNA

Cape Coast, July 19, GNA – Deputy Commissioner
of Police (DCOP) David Ampah-Bennin, the Central Regional Police Commander, has
urged the public to report any driver found flouting driving regulations to the
police, for their own safety.

 He said
road safety management is a shared responsibility between all stakeholders and
therefore key stakeholders must not relent in educating the public on such
issues.

DCOP Ampah-Bennin gave the advice when he
opened a capacity building workshop for Branch Secretaries of the Ghana Private
Road Transport Union (GPRTU) in Cape Coast on Tuesday.

The five-day training workshop, being attended
by over 101 members, is aimed at building the capacities of key transport
administrators to improve upon their performance.

He said the Command was embarking on night
snap checks on the Cape Coast – Accra highway to control the recent surge in
armed robbery activities on that stretch.

DCOP Ampah-Bennin called on drivers to take
note of the new road blocks by the police on the Cape Coast – Accra highway and
cautioned them against giving their cars to unlicensed and inexperienced
persons.

He said the police in collaboration with the
MTTD, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the Driver and Vehicle
Licensing Authority (DVLA) has also intensified road safety campaigns in the
region.

The campaign involves education of motor
riders, drivers, roads checks and visits to lorry terminals, schools, religious
organizations to help the people put premium of lives to reduce road
fatalities.

DCOP Ampah-Bennin attributed the sharp
increase in motor accidents from 369 last year January to June to 524 the same
period this year, on the withdrawal of the personnel of the MTTD on the roads.

He said human error is a major contributory
factor for road accidents and advised drivers to be law-abiding and adhere to
safety regulations.

DCOP Ampah-Bennin said other factors include
blatant disregard of road traffic regulations, distracted driving, speeding,
drink driving, climatic conditions, reckless driving, running red lights,
teenage drivers, tailgating, road rage, pothole and animal crossing among
others.

Alhaji Rahayianu Shaibu Artey, Regional
Chairman of GPRTU, urged the participants to apply the lessons acquired to help
improve upon the Union’s activities.

He urged them to be conversant with road
traffic regulations and the constitutions of the Union to enable them perform
their duties effectively.

He said the Union will continue to partner all
relevant stakeholders to address speed related issues to save lives and reduce
road crashes and fatalities.

GNA

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