Road Safety Authority to roll out new data system

BY: Timothy Ngnenbe
 Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah — Director-General of the NRSA
Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah — Director-General of the NRSA

The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), with the support of the World Bank, will roll out a web-based Road Accident Data Management System (RADMS) for prompt collection, analysis and reporting of data on road crashes.

The project, dubbed: iMAAP RADMS, is an innovative data management system that seeks to streamline and centralise the management of road traffic crash data and deepen road safety information dissemination to enhance education.

iMAAP provides the latest techniques in crash data management and a tool for identifying and analysing the causes of crashes for remedial measures to be taken.

When implemented, it would replace the current Modular Accident Analysis Programme (MAAP) that has been used for road safety data management over the years.

Procurement

The Director-General of the NRSA, Mrs. May Obiri-Yeboah, who disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic, said procurement processes were already underway for the project to start "by the end of this year".

"The iMAAP RADMS will help to automate the system so that we can get real time information on road safety issues. For instance, if an accident happens on the road and the police get to the scene, they should be able to upload the information on a tablet so that people can easily get the information immediately while sitting in their offices," he said.

She added that "we are working towards the point where it will be possible to get real time data on accidents that happen every other day".

Details of iMAAP RADMS

Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah explained that as part of the project, there would be a nationwide installation of the iMAAP software in at least 78 police centres.

Additionally, she said, there would be mass procurement of desktop computers to facilitate the collection and management of data on road safety.

The NRSA Director-General added that there were ongoing processes to train officers of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service to play their role well when the project starts.

She added that the system would be run such that data would be readily available for key stakeholders such as the metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies, the academia and civil society organisations.

Communication center

To further facilitate the easy dissemination of information on road crashes, the NRSA will set up a Road Safety Call Centre (RSCC) by the end of the year.

Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah said the RSCC would allow for road safety information agents to interact with stakeholders and members of the public on road safety issues.

She added that a telephone service would be incorporated into the RSCC to deliver concurrent calls from stakeholders to the information centre for the needed action.