The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has launched the Greater Accra Regional Safety Campaign ahead of Easter to ensure that proper safety regulations are adhered to before and during the festivities.
The National Easter Road Safety Campaign Programme and Activities is on the general theme: “Safety First, Think Safety and Drive Safety”.
The campaign, which is an inter-sectorial collaboration, would afford the NRSC, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service and Drivers, Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) to visit transport terminals to interact with the leadership of transport operators.
The Easter Road Safety crusaders would also engage with commuters to ensure that passengers are safely transported by road to their various destinations during the festive period.
The NRSC and campaign team, as part of the public sensitisation programme, visited the VIP Bus Terminal, Neoplan Station, VVIP Bus Terminal (at the Kwame Nkrumah Circle), Intercity STC, Metro Mass Transit Limited and the Takoradi Ford Station in Kaneshie.
Mr Samuel Owusu-Yeboah, the NRSC Information Officer, explained to the Ghana News Agency that the Commission was mandated to spearhead and co-ordinate road safety issues among stakeholders.
He said at all the bus terminals visited officials of the three institutions took turns to address the Union leaders.
Mr David Osafo Adonteng, the Director of Planning and Programmes, NRSC, said the visit was basically to encourage the operators on their efforts to observe high safety standards and the need to remind them of the rising spate of accidents.
He attributed the recent accidents to bad driving practices such as speeding, uncalculated over taking and tiredness.
Mr Alexander Kweku Obeng, the Regional Commander of the MTTD said the nation’s work force was being driven by drivers adding; “this makes the work of drivers very important because if the drivers are not there, people cannot move about and work”.
He said with such an important role, a little mistake on their part could cause so much havoc for the country.
Mr Thomas Ntori, an official of the DVLA, said a driver must check the car thoroughly in the morning and make sure that everything was in perfect condition before moving it.
He admonished drivers to acknowledge and understand the road signs adding; “roads do talk to drivers so they must take time to learn the road signs, the only way they could communicate with the road.”
Mr Ntori said drivers, who could not go to the DVLA offices to renew their license, could use DVLA Mobile Service currently in operation.
He, therefore, advised drivers not to wait for their license to completely expire before renewing it.
Source: Ghana News Agency