By Cecil Mensah
The National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC), have now moved their campaign of ensuring safety on our roads, from drunk-driving to drug-driving, thereby causing unnecessary accidents on the roads in the country.
According to the commission, a large numbers of drivers are now driving on drugs as compared to driver’s consumption of alcohol in the country.
Mr David Osafo Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programme at NRSC, joined by Madam May Obri -Yeboah, the Executive Director of NSRC, victor Owusu, a Director at Ghana Highways Authority(GHA, Mr Rudolph Beckley, the Chief Executive Officer of Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Forster Ansong of the Ghana Ambulance Service , Sasu Mensah of the Motor and Traffic Department of the Ghana Police Service, Nana Amihere of the Safety Initiative and Kweku Rockson, a Board Member of NRSC made this allusion when he presented the country’s current safety situation in Accra.
He said, the drugs used by the drivers this days, does not smell and it becomes difficult for the law enforcers to detect the kind of drugs, using the Alcometres.
He continued that the situation, has become rampant and very difficult for the law enforcers to detect.
He explained that driver’s high level of indiscipline like inattentiveness, high speeds, drink or drug driving, driving tired and wrongful overtaking has been the bane of road crashes in the country.
He said, the major challenges facing roads safety are the failures in the road transport system associated with institutionalized standards and operations that relate to road safety as well as the low level of competence among road users.
He added that the issue of pedestrian crossing and how they cross the road and passenger vehicles together with motor riders disrespect for traffic laws contributed road crashes last year.
He noted that broad road safety intervention like education, information, publicity, advocacy, engagement have assisted in minimizing road crashes last year.
He revealed that the commission will roll out documentary and commercials on radio and television programmes in collaboration with Ghana Independent Broadcasters Association (GIBA) to educate the general public on road safety.
He stressed that the commission as part of its projection in accordance with United Nations (UN) Action on roads safety dubbed a “Decade of Action for Road Safety 50 percent reduction of killed and seriously injured”.
He was of the view that the commission projected the following: number of persons killed one thousand and seven hundred and thirty, number of persons seriously injured four thousand seven hundred ninety seven and fatality rate of thirteen for the year 2014 and reordered eight hundred thousand persons killed for the year ending 2014.