Dennis Peprah, GNA
Sunyani, May 17, GNA - The Progressive Transport Owners Association (PROTOA) has appealed to the Ghana Highway Authority to repair portions of the Sunyani-Kumasi highway which are in deplorable condition.
Mr Peter Akom, the Sunyani Municipal branch Chairman of PROTOA observed that the deplorable nature of portions of the stretch was a major contributory factor to road accidents and fatalities on the highway.
Speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview, Mr Akom said several potholes and unauthorized speed ramps had been developed on the highway and the road needed urgent re-shaping.
He therefore advised drivers who plied that particular stretch, particularly, at night to be careful and avoid speeding and wrongful overtaking to avoid accidents.
Mr Akom called for effective collaboration between transport unions to control road crashes and fatalities in the country and advised them and commercial drivers to change their mindset and regard each other as collaborators in the industry.
He emphasised that it required concerted efforts and collective approach to minimize accidents and entreated drivers and transport organizations to join, and intensify road safety education.
Mr Akom mentioned indiscipline among some drivers as a daunting challenge in the sector and pleaded with other transport unions to organise periodic in-service trainings to acquaint their drivers with basic driving errors which contributed to road accidents.
He commended the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) for the continuous road safety education campaign, but appealed to the commission to extend such campaigns on the highways.
In a related development, Mr Kwesi Agyenim Boateng, the Head of the Brong-Ahafo Regional Office of the NRSC has advised passengers to insist and wear their seat belts when travelling.
At a road safety education campaign at Dormaa-Ahenkro in the region, Mr Boateng said passengers played critical role in reducing accidents, and asked them to remember and always check commercial drivers against wrongful overtaking, over-speeding, and drunk driving.
He however cautioned passengers to avoid behaviour that had the tendency to obstruct the attention of drivers.
Mr Boateng said his outfit was collaborating with the police and the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), and would soon intensify road safety enforcement on some of the major highways in the region.
He said offending drivers would be prosecuted, and advised drivers to check their tyres, lighting systems, and asked those whose licenses and road worthy papers had expired to renew them.
Mr Boateng appealed to especially the electronic media to prioritize road safety education and help intensify the campaign to reduce accidents.