60% ROAD ACCIDENTS ARE CAUSED THROUGH OVER-SPEEDING -ASH. ROAD SAFETY DIRECTOR
The Ashanti Regional Director of the Road Safety Department, Mr. Samuel Asiamah admits that sixty percent of road accidents in the country emerge as a result of over-speeding by drivers.
He noted that over the years, lives have been claimed through negligence and lack of education on the part of drivers and union members in the country; hence his outfit has taken upon itself to consistently work assiduously to reduce the menace of the rampant road accidents.
According to Mr. Asiamah, Road Safety Department is currently more focused to engage in on public education drive for the various transport unions in the region who are the key players in road activities, since, Ashanti region alone commands about forty unions. It is our duty as road campaigners to educate drivers on safety precautions and how to prevent unnecessary road accident, the director hinted. He said, most drivers’ lack safety guidelines and this has been one of the key factors being identified, thus prompting our outfit to approach the issue with seriousness it deserves.
Mr. Asiamah was also quick to add that passengers also are blamable on one way or the other for most of the road accidents since instead of considering themselves as customers to the driver and as such have the right to correct them (the drivers) when something relating to reckless driving or over-speeding are concerned they rather force the driver to speed up because of their schedules at their final destinations. He lamented.
On this note, considering all these factors, hence the Department is coming out with comprehensive educational drive through public interventions at places like; churches, mosques schools among others to explain the need why safety measures are important in the human race. This education drive he said, if adhered to would go a long way to curb unnecessary accidents in the society.
Concluding, Mr. Asiamah hinted that plans are far advanced for his outfit to collaborate with the Police Service, Ghana National Fire Services, Custom Service and other related security agencies to introduce an emergency hot lines purposely for drivers s so that recalcitrant drivers can be cautioned or punished when they are caught in the act of driving contrarily to the regulations of the Road Safety act.