Let’s work together to reduce road carnage – Journalist
Ghanaians must join the campaign against road accidents because the surge in accident deaths is unacceptable, said Francis Ameeibor, Tema regional director of the Ghana News Agency.
He called for collective efforts to reduce road accidents, all institutions, public and private, must deploy a mechanism to educate their drivers to understand the need to obey road safety rules.
He urged road users to respect the principles of road laws, highway code and highway code, as they contain all the necessary information and instructions for each road user.
Mr. Ameyibor told the Tema regional office of the Ghanaian news agency and the road safety campaign platform of the Tema Regional Department of Transport and Motor Traffic (MTTD).
The GNA-Tema and MTTD road safety project aims to create a coherent and systematic weekly awareness on the road safety of a user and to sensitize drivers in particular to the principles of road safety regulations, rules and laws.
Mr. Ameeibor called on family members to remind each member of the need to be careful on the road, whether as a driver, passenger or pedestrian; “No one should stay on the fence, we have to work together to reduce road accidents”.
He also called on religious organizations to sensitize their members to the need to adhere to road safety, “let our Pastors, Imams, Speakers, Businessmen and Women, Members of Parliament, Ministers of State talk daily about road safety. .
“May our chefs and queen-mothers, our celebrities, footballers join the road safety campaign, at all levels”.
Sergeant Richard Timinka, who spoke on behalf of Tema’s MTTD Regional Commander, Police Chief Superintendent William Asante, said the nature of the highway, coupled with unruly drivers and speed, was the source of the carnage on the roads and warned drivers to drive with caution.
He said they were running training programs for executives from different driver unions, who in turn had to train their members in the language they could understand.
Sgt. Timinka said they would extend these trainings to private drivers and businesses in addition to schools, explaining that they see children as agents of change who could grab the attention of their parents and loved ones on the road.
He said that Regulation 154 of the Road Traffic Regulation so far explains how a pedestrian should use the roads, saying: “We observed that in Tema, pedestrians cross the road when the traffic turns green so that the traffic turns green. vehicles move, they commit an offense by doing so “.
He said a pedestrian who did not use a crosswalk and pedestrian bridges, if any, also committed an offense.