Florence Afriyie Mensah, GNA
Kumasi, June 13, GNA – Mr Michael Osei Owusu, Executive Director of Defensive Road Safety Services, a Kumasi-based NGO, has called for the intensification of road safety education campaigns to help reduce the rate of accidents on roads.
He said both formal and informal education on road safety was needed at all levels to sensitize the public on the safer use of roads at all times.
Speaking at a road user conference at Boadi near Kumasi, Mr. Owusu, attributed most accidents on the roads to human error.
The conference, which was under the theme “getting empowered as road user, defining my role as pedestrian or passenger”, was aimed at creating awareness among the people in the community of the alarming rate of road accidents and their effects on the victims, relatives, community and the country as a whole.
About 592 persons are said to have been killed through road accidents by the end of the first quarter of 2018, while 3,343 persons were injured in accidents involving 4,389 vehicles.
The occasion was also used to educate the people on the various road signs and their rights as pedestrians or drivers, as well as when and how, they should use roads.