Accra, March 19, GNA - The Vision for
Alternative Development (VALD), a non-governmental organisation into road
safety education, has expressed worry over the recent road accidents in the
It, therefore, called on the Government to invest in road safety by equipping the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate and other agencies so as to perform their functions effectively.
The VALD cited some key causes of road crashes as inadequate or lack of speed cameras, breathalyzers, speed guns, bad roads, fade markings and sign posts.
A statement signed by Mr Labram Musah, the Programmes Director of VALD, and copied to the Ghana News Agency said other factors were over-speeding, wrong overtaking, failure to wear seatbelts and helmet, inattentiveness, keeping children below five years in front seat and gross indiscipline.
It said the occurrence of accidents was getting out of control despite the education by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), civil society organisations and other relevant institutions.
The statement said as at the end of November 2016 the NRSC recorded a total of 11,378 road crashes nationwide involving 17,746 vehicles.
The number of casualties, out of the figure, stood at 12,154 comprising 1,990 deaths and 10,154 injuries.
It said year 2016 recorded more road traffic deaths than 2015 and child death increased substantially, saying; “this is unacceptable, it could be you so please don’t seat in a vehicle unconcerned. Ghana needs you.”
The VALD urged the citizens to rise and change the status quo by making collective efforts to check the menace which is fast destroying the nation.
“We must learn to play a watchdog role, express a concern to a driver when he is over-speeding or doing something that will endanger your life and the lives of others,” it said.