2013 National Road Safety Awards launched

mrs obiri yeboahFour hundred and ninety-two (492) people died while 3,333 got injured from 3, 5022 road traffic crashes in the country, between April and June, 2013.

This represents a decrease of 2.21 per cent in the fatality rate and 15.03 per cent in injuries, as compared to the same period in 2012.

Between January and June, 2013, the number of vehicles involved in crashes increased by 0.28 per cent though crashes, fatalities and injuries decreased by 4.64 per cent, 2.19 per cent and 7.21 per cent, respectively.  

Fatality increases occurred in Central, Northern, Upper West, Upper East, Western and Brong-Ahafo Regions and attributable to the recent crashes involving high occupancy buses.

Greater Accra, Ashanti and Volta Regions, on the other hand, reduced their fatalities by 7.42 per cent, 36.92 per cent and 4.69 per cent respectively, below their projected fatalities.

This statistics were made available to journalists in Accra yesterday, at the launch of the 2013 National Road Safety Award scheduled to take place in November. This year’s theme is “Safe transport systems: the role of commercial transport operators and the media.”
Dr. George Dawson Ahmoah, Director of Strategic and Corporate Affairs of Ghacem presented GH¢50,000 on behalf of the company to support the work of the commission.

The award scheme, which was instituted in 2010 to encourage best road practices, particularly control systems among transport operators in   the country, was organised at both the national and regional levels, Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission said.

Road traffic crashes accounts for 2,000 deaths annually and the commission has the plan to reduce it to less than 1,000 by 2020.
The categories to be competed for are: best transport organisation with the Best Road Safety Profile, Best Performing Haulage Transport Organisation (Solid and Liquid) and Best Journalists for Road Safety Reporting (Print, Television and Radio).

Journalist interested in the media award category, are to submit their entries September 20, of stories they have published or broadcasted in the period November 2012 to August 2013.

A set of criteria has been developed with the operators based on published standards/guidelines for commercial passenger operators and qualifying organizations would be assed by the criteria to determine regional winners and ultimately national winners.

The values of the awards take the form of material items as well as capacity building training programme for the winners.
Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah said the share of commercial and haulage services accounted for 30 per cent of the national road traffic crash situation, explaining that safety practices from the transport operators had improved, it was yet to translate significantly in the safety of bus occupants.

The Executive Director said the commission would award transport organisations and hauliers that had demonstrated an improved road safety profile by implementing the operational standards as prescribed in the Road Traffic Regulation Legislative Instrument 2180.

The regulation specified that vehicle owners cannot operate on commercial basis unless they belong to recognized commercial transport unit, and the driver must belong to a recognised transport union.

Additionally, all commercial transport unions are expected to be licensed, upon satisfying some prescribed conditions and upon receipt of a permit.

Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah recognised the role of the media in road safety campaign urged them to demand accountability from key public sector actors, including the commission on their responsibilities, adding that, “this way institution will be alive to their public duty for the public good.”

David Osafo-Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programmes, of the Commission, said the commission had embarked on sensitisation programme to enforce the regulation on importation and use of sub-standard tyres noted to contribute to road traffic crashes.

Sub-standard tyres are those labelled A and B, but not C, tyres with thread of a depth of less than 1.6 milimitres and are more than four years old. - Salifu Abdul-Rahaman

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