The mayor of Accra, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has admonished all road users to be responsible on the roads by obeying traffic regulations in order to prevent fatalities and injuries.
According to him, road safety is a shared responsibility and everybody has a part to play to ensure zero fatalities and injuries.
Mr Sowah said this on Sunday, 18 November 2018 at an event held at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital to mark this year’s World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims (WDR) on the theme: “Roads Have Stories.”
The day, initiated by road victims in 1993 and adopted by the UN on 26th October 2005, is commemorated on the third Sunday of November each year, to remember the many millions killed and injured in road crashes.
“Drivers must desist from the act of drunk-driving, put on their seat belts and reduce their speeds. The motor rider and his passenger must always wear their helmets, pedestrians are also cautioned to use the walkways, cross at pedestrian crossings and wait for the signals before crossing the road, “he said.
He stressed that crashes on the roads were “highly preventable”, adding that available statistics do not paint a pretty picture of road safety in the city of Accra.
He charged personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service to intensify the enforcement of road traffic regulations to ensure the general safety of pedestrians and other road users in the City of Accra.
For her part, the Director of Policy Planning, Monitoring and Evaluation at the Ministry of Transport, Irene Messiba disclosed that available statistics on road traffic crashes and casualties as of 30 October this year indicate that 11,159 crashes have so far been recorded involving 18,063 vehicles and 3,156 motorcycles resulting in 1,921 deaths and 11,130 injuries.
The Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, May Obiri Yeboah, also commended the AMA-BIGRS for their interventions to reduce road fatalities and injuries in the city and urged other Assemblies to emulate such initiatives.