THE escalating incidence of road accidents in Ghana is no news to a reasonable Ghanaian of ordinary intelligence. Despite increased road safety campaigns, the rate at which accidents occur on our roads is very alarming and scarring.
IT is a truism that one of the major challenges that this country is still battling with is motor accidents which Today sees it as the most ‘deadly disease’ in the country at the moment.
FOR instance, two weeks ago Ghanaians were stirred by the depressing news of the gruesome accident which occurred on the Winneba road in the Central Region. At least 7 people lost their lives through that accident.
INDEED, this conquerable foe is gluttonously devouring our human and economic resources. Precious lives are lost thereby dwindling down our scarce labour force in the country, causing a stir in our Gross Domestic Product (GDP). Continual media reports reveal that Ghana’s road accident is oddly high among developing countries. In 2001, for example, Ghana was rated as the second highest road traffic accident-prone nation among 6 West African countries, with 73 deaths per 1000 accidents.
THE police often cite poor mechanical condition of vehicles, reckless and failure to observe traffic rules and regulations by motorists as some of the causes of road carnage. But what have we done as a country to address this?
ALSO statistics available show that 60% of road accidents are caused by drunk driving and over-speeding. The latter alone constitutes about 50% of road accidents in the country.
THE poor nature of some of our roads, poor maintenance of vehicles, disregard for traffic regulations by most drivers and indiscriminate use of the road by some pedestrian, are some of the other causes of motor accidents in the country.
TODAY’s stand is that, it is high time the road traffic law enforcers rolled out implementable road safety plans if the travelling community is to travel safely.
BESIDES, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), as well as the Ghana Highway Authority (GHA), should speed up the construction and repair of roads, many of which are narrow and potholed.
AS much as Today does not hold any qualm against any of the above factors, it is our humble view that we take another look into the causes of road accidents in this country.
THERE are, of course, other countless factors that we usually fail to address adequately to curtail the peril. Much talk and pragmatic measures are usually high jacked against the above factors, but we seem not to be getting anywhere.