Road Safety Commission calls on stakeholders to intensify education

Christabel Addo/Gideon Ahenkorah – GNA

Accra, Aug. 10, GNA – The National Road Safety
Commission (NRSC) has urged transport unions to intensify the education of
their drivers to sustain the gains made in reducing road traffic crushes.

Mr David Osafo Adonteng, the Director of
Planning at the National Road Safety Commission, at a meeting with Transport
Operators in Accra on Thursday, commended the efforts of stakeholders which had
resulted in significant reduction of accidents from 6,205 between January and
June 2016, to 6,056, (2.4 per cent), around the same period in 2017.

He said although the number of persons killed
went up by 3.02 per cent from 1,034 to 1,059 in the first half of 2016, while
that of those injured also increased by 13.11 per cent from 5,302 to 5,997 in
the same period of 2017, they represented an impressive performance over past
years, when the population of both vehicles and people were lower.

Mr Adonteng said the road safety index, a key
source of information to investors and tourists, gave an indication of the
security of the country and that  Ghana
could boast of being one of the countries, globally, with a high record of
improvement, which had attracted other nationals to understudy her system.

He said the Commission, in partnership with
stakeholders, would not relent on its efforts to educate, supervise and enforce
the various legislations as there were still huge obstacles to overcome
including poor road networks and human errors.

He mentioned over-speeding, drunk driving,
fatigue, mechanical faults; 
inexperienced driving, disabled vehicles, poor visibility at night, tyre
bursts, wrongful overtaking and overloading of vehicles as some of the
contributory factors to road accidents.

Mr Adonteng encouraged all transport operators
to do background checks on the drivers before recruiting them and conduct
periodic training and screening for fitness to maintain a high standards of
professionalism in the industry.

He presented additional statistics which
showed Ghana was doing well in reducing road accidents and these include
reduction from 11,505 in 2010 to 9,79 in 2015, with the number of deaths also
reducing from 1,986 to 1,080 over the same period.

Fatalities per 100 casualties stood at 14.6
per cent in 2015 from 10.5 per cent in 2000, while the fatality rate per 10,000
vehicles of 20.12 per cent in 2000 dropped to 8.74 per cent by 2015.

Population risk fatalities per 100,000 people,
over the same period, dropped from 7.63 to 6.69.

Mr Adonteng commended the Bus and Mini Bus as
well as Heavy Goods and Long Vehicles for the significant reduction in
casualties from 5,200 in 2000 to 3,342 by 2015; and 1,121 to 752 respectively.

He, however, called for much attention to be
paid to reducing pedestrian and motorcyclists’ fatalities which had risen from
662 to 831, and 42 to 323 respectively between 2000 and 2015.

Mr Edward Kwakye, the Director of Transport
and Administration of the Global Haulage Company, said the NRSC had initiated
steps for effective stakeholder engagements and drafted a Road Safety Education
Guide for transport operators which would be discussed during the meeting to
solicit inputs.

He said if approved by stakeholders, the
document would serve as a training manual for all transport operators to
enhance road safety.


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