About 1,766 people were killed in road accidents as at the end of October this year, Minister of Transport, Mr. Fifi Kwetey, has revealed.
He said 16,053 vehicles were involved in the road crashes, with 9,046 people injured, while 2,323 pedestrian knock-downs were recorded.
Mr. Kwetey said this yesterday, when he launched this year’s National Public Transport Day to engage commercial drivers in efforts to ensure safety, comfort and convenience during the yuletide.
He said the situation was pathetic especially when the 1,440 fatalities projected by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) was exceeded, and called on stakeholders to observe the day.
“The Road Traffic Regulations (L.I 2180) 2012 have incorporated many of the ideas motivated by Public Transport Day-related dialogues and advocacy initiative, and we call on stakeholders to continue to suggest and make proposals on road safety” he said.
The Minister said the Road Traffic Regulations, made the use of retro-reflective tapes mandatory for some categories of vehicles, installation of speed limiters, registration of commercial vehicle drivers and permits through proposals made by stakeholders.
“Government is also taking steps to activate Regulation 121 of the L.I. 2180 which requires that operators’ vehicles should be issued with Road Transport Operator’s Licence by the Ministry and its accredited agencies”.
The Executive Director of NRSC, Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah, said the commission had many interactions with public transport operators to promote nationwide road safety.
She said despite the numerous education and awareness creation programmes on road safety, some motorists and pedestrians continued to flout the regulations, making it difficult for the commission to achieve its target on road fatality.
“This situation requires that we do more with advocacy and education for the best road safety practices from all fronts.
The president of the Ghana Insurers Association, Ms. Aretha Duku, appealed to leaders of political parties to be ambassadors of road safety, saying that might help reduce carnages on the road during election periods.
By Bernard Benghan