The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) as part of new moves to help prevent road accidents is to ensure that all commercial vehicles are fitted with speed limiters
At a press briefing in Accra on Sunday, the NRSC said it was also working to get to the stage where it may be able to sanction public transport service providers for lapses in their operational standards which is a culture that
To the Executive Director of the NRSC,
"In recent times, we [NRSC] have been at the receiving end of some resistance for the introduction of one road safety measure or the other," she said.
On Friday, March 22, an unfortunate incident of two road traffic crashes claimed more than 60 lives and injured many on the Techiman-Kintampo highway and the Accra-Cape Coast highway.
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Road traffic crashes have seen an upsurge of road deaths and injuries from the beginning of 2019.
Available statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the police indicates that from January 2019 to end of February 2019, a total of 411 persons have been killed and 2048 injured through road traffic crashes in Ghana.
A committee made up of representatives from the Interior, Transport, Roads
This, the committee concluded was due to, disrespect for road traffic laws and regulations related to travel speeds, overtaking, driving under influence of alcohol and drugs, long driving periods, disregard for traffic regulations by motor riders including non-use of crash helmets among others.
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Last week's accidents
Touching on last week's accidents, the Minister of Information,
President Nana Akufo-Addo speaking within hours of the incident on Friday morning,
"Government has also undertaken to underwrite the treatment costs of the injured,"
He said reducing road accidents in the country is a major priority for government and said that was the reason why agencies like the National Road Safety Commission and the Police MTTD continue to receive support from central government to address road safety issues and also to tackle the major factors that contribute to road accidents in the country.
"Government is also reviewing the road traffic regulations to address some implementation challenges as well as incorporate innovations in the management of road transport services," he added.
"We must also scale up road safety education and sensitization to ensure compliance to road safety measures, procedures, and policies,"
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