The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has marked the West African Road Safety Organization (WARSO) Day celebration and the UN Global Road Safety Week on 8th May, 2017 to sensitize motorists on the dangers of speeding and generate action on measures to slow down traffic to save lives.
Speaking at a news conference in Accra, the Director of Planning and Programmes, Ing. David Osafo Adonteng said the day has been set aside to increase the understanding of the dangers of speeding and review the processes that are contributing to the major deaths on our roads.
He indicated that this year’s WARSO Day and the UN Global Road Safety Week which falls under the theme “Save Lives, Slow Down,” seeks to reduce the road carnages as a result of over-speeding.
Ing. David Osafo noted that speeding is the root cause of all the senseless killings on our roads and for that matter the Commission is going out there to fight the canker with a common voice, common strategy and a renewed commitment.
According to him, speeding contributes to 60percent of all fatal crashes in Ghana adding that between January and April 30, 2017, Ghana recorded 4,049 crashes, 708 deaths, 3,983 persons injured, 1,199 pedestrian knockdowns, 6,468 vehicles involved, 1,289 motorcycles involved.
He emphasised that speeding is the major contributor to 38percent pedestrian knockdowns, deaths and injuries whereas passenger deaths and injuries recorded 17percent.
The Director of Planning and Programmes indicated that starting from July this year, the Commission will commence removal of disabled vehicles from our roads and a bit more louder and visible at the national and regional level to curb the incidents.
He added that the Commission will hit hard against the use of sub-standard vehicle tyres from June this year.
Ing. Davido Safo posited that the Commission has taken steps to secure an Authority or agency status to ensure that institutions comply with their road safety related standards.
He called on the enforcement team, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to be more visible and ensure greater compliance with speed regulations (50kph in town, 90kph on highways and 100kph on motorway).
Ing. David Safo admonished MTTD to ensure ICT base practices by installing cameras on our roads and institute spot fines for the enforcement of speed regulations to curb the menace.
He also called on the engineering team, the Ghana Highway Authority, Department of Urban Roads and Department of Feeder Roads to repair and maintain the footbridges at the N1, Madina, Adenta, Pokuasi and Amasaman and construct more where necessary to reduce the pedestrian knockdowns.
The Planning and Programmes Director of the Commission urged the media to deepen awareness on the road safety issues and report certain wrongful conducts on our roads to the appropriate authorities.
He concluded that the Commission has taken steps to outdoor new speed regulations publicity billboards in town, on the highways and the motorway to conscientize motorists against over-speeding.