Apeatua Addo, GNA
Nsuta (W/R), Dec. 5, GNA-The Municipal Road Safety Committee in the Tarkwa Nsuaem Assembly has launched a campaign to ensure accident free before, during and after the Christmas season.
Speaking at the function at Nsuta Junction, Superintendent of Police Victoria Yamoah, Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) Commander for Tarkwa Nsuaem, who doubles as the Chairperson for the Committee, said even though the Committee conducted regular spot checks and embarked on road safety education in schools, bus terminals, churches, Mosque and radio stations, road crashes kept reoccurring.
She indicated that from January this year to date a total of 136 motor accidents cases have been recorded in the Municipality.
Out of the number, 32 lives were lost and it showed an increase of 15 deaths as compared to 2017, the MTTD Commander noted.
Superintendent Yamoah added that 40 people sustained serious injuries from the crashes.
She pointed out that activities for this year's Christmas had been varied because investigations into the accidents revealed that most of them were avoidable.
According to her, fatigue, wrongful over taking, over speeding, vehicles abandoned in the middle of roads, using mobile phones whiles driving and driving under the influence of alcohol were some causes.
The MTTD Commander observed that, "apart from our usual educational programmes, we have included patching of pot holes, community education and reward packages for drivers and pupils have been introduced".
She appreciated Ghana Manganese Company Limited and members of the Haulage Truck Owners Association for accepting to sponsor the educational programmes.
Superintendent Yamoah appealed to corporate bodies and philanthropists in the Municipality to assist the committee to sustain the programme after the Christmas festivities.
The Acting Regional Road Safety officer, Nana Akua Ansaah Cobbinah, also said from January to October this year, the Region recorded 689 cases of road accidents involving 928 vehicles with 97 deaths were recorded.
She emphasized that pedestrian knock downs was a challenge in the Region.
She urged school proprietors to engage the service of road traffic wardens to direct traffic for pupils during school sessions.
Mr. Glibert Kennedy Asmah, Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Tarkwa Nuaem, assured the citizenry that the government would do its best to ensure that their roads were motorable.
He called on drivers to be extra careful on the road to help in the promotion of road safety in the municipality as they prepared for Christmas celebrations.