By Cecil Mensah
It has emerged that, ninety five percent of road crashes that occur in the country, were caused by human errors on the roads.
This came to light, when the National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC), marked the third United Nation’s (UN) global safety week in Accra last week attended by representatives of the First Lady, representative of the Minister Roads and Highway, and the Deputy Minister of Gender Protection and Children Affairs, Madam Dela Sowah.
According to NRSC, because of human errors, six persons die every day in the country.
Speaking at the ceremony, Executive Director of NRSC, Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, said the day was solely dedicated to children and their safety on the roads.
As a society, we have every responsibility to ensure that our children are protected and safe from road traffic crashes that threatens their survival and the realization of their potentials.
She said 2011; Ghana joined other countries under the umbrella of the UN’S decade of Acton for Road Safety to strengthen the county’s resolve to make the roads safer for all categories of road users.
She said it was obvious that road traffic crashes were assuming an alarming trend requiring a concerted effort to manage road safety and it’s at attendant issues.
In our efforts to address road safety issues, the National Roads Safety Commission has been holding consultative engagements with its stakeholders to build consensus on the most viable and sustainable strategies to address road safety challenges in the country.
She said NRSC will continue to be proactive in employing conventional approaches that are effective, practical and results oriented, as the commission charts a paradigm shift in road safety intervention and initiatives.
This is not the time for blame game but a time to pursue professional responsibilities to reverse the trend of road traffic crashes she said
She took the opportunity to congratulate all stakeholders for their efforts at making this programmes a success.
According to her, road safety management is becoming complex judging from the complex nature of how road traffic crashes occur.
Strong partnerships and collaboration is required in the fields of enforcement, engineering, emergency services and The NRSC mandate falls in the latter and we will not relent in our efforts in undertaking nationwide planning and development of road safety educational programmes and activities she said.
She explained stakeholders will continue to pursue campaign on child, pedestrian and passenger safety.
The commission will also advocate and promote the use of crossing aids as well as supervising children along roads among others to help reverse the trend in child fatalities.
She expressed her expectation that the third United Nations (UN) global road safety week will be used as an opportunity to strategize and initiate activities in the interest of protecting children on the roads.
She pledged support for the Save Kids live campaign and said Ghana will lend its support to the worthy course.
In a statement, the Chairperson of the occasion, Madam Dzifa AttivorMadam, Minister for Transport said this year’s event primarily places emphasis on children and road safety with a campaign “Save Kids lives to protect the vulnerable as they walk along the road or cross it.
According to her, safety on the road is a problem because people have not taken the issue serious.
We need to consider child safety issues because it threatens the survival of the future leaders and the country’s development.