In an attempt to reduce road carnages in the run up to the December polls and the Christmas festivities, the Ministry of Road and Transport, in collaboration with stakeholders has held a walk through the principal streets of Accra, to sensitise the public to ways of reducing road accidents.
The walk was also to create awareness among the public on the need to observe traffic regulations.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) used the occasion to launch the ‘Road Safety Information Centre,’ which would be located at all lorry parks across the country, to provide information to road users and the public on road safety measures.
Ellis Hugh Tamakloe, Director of Monitoring and Evaluation, Ministry of Transport, said the ministry was committed to reducing significantly the rate of road carnage.
He observed that 1,759 road accidents were recorded within January and September across the country, and asked drivers, passengers and pedestrians to adhere to road safety regulations.
Mr. Tamakloe said road accidents remained high during election periods, and urged the public to assist in protecting lives and property during the elections.
“We don’t want to record any more accidents within this period. Let’s abide by traffic regulations, and we will all live to partake in this important process,” he said.
Erasmus Amankwaah Addo, Board Member of NRSC, urged drivers to obey traffic rules, drive carefully and rest sufficiently after working for a long period, to avoid accidents.
He explained that the NRSC established the information centres to gather information on problems confronting drivers, passengers and lorry station operators.
Corporal Wisdom Quarshie of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, said the outfit would work harder to prevent road accidents and protect lives and property.
By Claude Nyarko Adams