The Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Ign May Obiri Yeboah has urged all stakeholders to take the initiative of assisting road traffic victims since road safety remains a national challenge which requires a concerted shared responsibility. According to her, ninety percent (90%) of the crashes that occur can be prevented therefore everybody has a role to play in to help mitigate these crashes.
She said this at an event held at the Greater Accra Regional hospital to mark this year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims under the theme ‘Roads have stories’. This day, set up by road victims in 1993 and adopted by the UN on 26th October 2005 is observed on the third Sunday of November each year to honour the millions killed and injured on the world’s roads. It is also a Day to thank the emergency services and reflect on the tremendous burden and cost of the daily continuing disaster to families, communities and countries, and on ways to halt it.
‘We don’t want the staff in the hospitals to be on their feet all the time trying to stabilize road traffic victims. As a Commission, we have advocates for support from government and our stakeholders to help buttress and encourage accident victims day in and day out. The use of mobile phones by pedestrians while crossing the road should be prevented since this practice can lead to road accident.’
Speaking at the event, the Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Hon. Mohammed Adjei Sowah cautioned all road users to adhere to road traffic regulations in order to prevent road traffic crashes and casualties in Accra. He indicated that, ensuring zero fatalities on our road is a collective responsibility hence we must all put our hands to the wheel to help prevent road crashes.
‘Drivers must always put on their seat belt, reduce their speed and abstain from drink driving. Motor riders and their pillion riders must put on their helmet. Pedestrians are advised to use the walk ways and cross where there are zebra crossing signs,’ he said.
Hon.Sowah expressed concern about the fact that, road traffic crashes were ‘highly preventable’ and the available statistics indicate an ugly picture of road safety in the city of Accra.
He charged personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service Department to strengthen enforcement of road traffic regulations to insure the safety of pedestrians, commuters and other road users in the City.
The A.MA boss revealed that, with the help of Bloomberg Philanthropies for Global Road Safety, (BIGRS) the city had launched a Road Safety Strategy, a Road Safety report and currently implementing a pedestrian safety action.
Hon.Sowah later donated items which included Toilet rolls, packs of Milo, Milk powder, Bottled water, Detergents, Sugar, boxes of Lipton etc. to road crash victims on admission at the Ridge Hospital.
Written by: Comfort Arhinful