By Charles Chedar, GNA
Wa (U/W), Nov. 7, GNA – The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in Upper West Region has stepped up the campaign of encouraging motorists to use crash helmets for head protection and general safety in the event of accident.
Mr Mohammed Abdul-Samad, the Regional Manager of NRSC, said low usage of helmets among motorcycle users in the Region has become a major concern for road safety officials who have a core mandate of protecting lives of road users.
Mr Abdul-Samad, who was speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Wa, said the regional NRSC has launched a campaign dubbed: “No helmet on, no riding campaign” which is being run on several platforms but many motorcyclists were not paying much attention to it.
He said the Commission has intensified its media campaign and extended it to religious bodies but many motorist are not heeding the advice.
Mr Abdul-Samad said crash helmets are important personal protective tool for motorists and its usage ought to be taken seriously adding that riders should not be on the road without helmets.
He said head injuries were the leading causes of motor accident deaths as: “Motorcyclists wearing helmets increase their chances of survival significantly over non-helmet wearers in motorcycle accident”.
Mr Abdul-Samad advised motorists riding without the use of helmets to develop positive attitudes towards the use of helmet in order to cut down increasing number of motorcycle accident related to deaths and severe head injuries.
“People involved in accident and came out without hands and legs and they lives and success in life but one cannot life without head,” he said.
Motorcycle users were also urged to get license and acquaint themselves of road signs and other vital information produced by the Driving and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to avoid high occurring road accidents.
Motorists were also cautioned exercise patience as the yuletide was just around the corner.
Mr Samad urged the media and other stakeholders to help educate the public to understand the risk of riding without helmets.