Kumasi,– Alhaji Siaka Yahaya, National Chairman of Alliance of Drivers, has asked drivers to be vigilant and patient on the roads to help prevent vehicular accidents and loss of lives this Christmas.
He said accident-free Christmas could be possible if drivers would adhere to advice, rest well before making a journey, and obey simple road traffic regulations.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Kumasi, Alhaji Yahaya said a good driver was the one with the skills, patience on the road, tolerates the views of passengers, and arrives at the destination safely.
He said utmost patience on the road was vital in preventing accidents.
Alhaji Yahaya mentioned distracted driving, fatigue, impaired vision, speed, lack of experience, and failure to observe traffic rules as the most common causes of accidents on the roads.
Changes in the weather conditions during the Christmas season could also pose a problem for drivers and they should, therefore, avoid aggressive driving during these times.
According to him, several measures had been put in place by the Union to prevent road carnages and to preserve the lives of travelers this Yuletide.
Key among them were medical screening for drivers, ensuring that vehicles were in good condition before taking off, prevention of unnecessary loads in the cars, monitoring of the drivers on the roads, and the sensitisation of the drivers on the various road signs.
“Contacts numbers have also been written at the back of the tickets so passengers are advised to call the authorities when the driver misbehaves on the road”, he added.
He took the opportunity to thank the government for removing toll booths from the highways and appealed that Axle weight vehicles must be checked since they also cause problems on the roads.
Robberies on the highways, he said, had also been reduced and urged the Inspector General of Police, to not rest on his oars, but to intensify patrols this Christmas season.
He also called for the reconstruction of the Krofuom market, where the drivers would have ample space to operate.
Source: Ghana News Agency