MINISTER for Transport, Mr Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has bemoaned the increasing killings of people on the roads as a result of road motor traffic crashes, calling on all and sundry to give a helping hand to address the alarming situation in the country.
To the minister, the killings of innocent Ghanaians on the roads could absolutely be attributed to indiscipline and lawless, noting that statistics from the National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC) indicate that about 80% of all road traffic crashes are caused by human errors, majority of which are linked to indiscipline and lawless on the part of male drivers.
He said it was about time the citizenry took the safety and security of their lives into their own hands, urging that when a driver is over-speeding or causing unnecessary overtaking on the road, those onboard the vehicle have every right to caution him or her.
Mr Asiamah expressed these sentiments on Monday, March 25, 2019 when he visited last week Friday accident victims at the Trauma & Specialist Hospital, Winneba and the St. Luke Catholic Hospital at Apam, all in the Central Region.
The minister also visited the accident at Ekumfi. He was accompanied by some officials from the Ministry of Transport, National Road Safety Commission, Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL), the Ghana Police Service and the Deputy Central Regional Minister.
The Managing Director of Metro Mass Transit, Mr Albert Aduboahene, on his part expressed the company’s heartfelt condolences to the bereaved families.
He said from all the narrations given by the victims, it was clear that the fault of the accident wasn’t from the Metro Mass Transit driver.
He assured that his outfit will continue to pursue measures that will ensure the comfort and safety of their clientele, stressing that government was in the process of acquiring new fleet of buses to replace worn-out and overaged buses on our roads.
The Winneba Police Commander, ACP Owoahene Acheampong, on his part narrated how the accident occurred, cautioning drivers to always leave some distance between their vehicle and the others which were ahead of them.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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