THERE is no gainsaying the fact that In Ghana today, road transport is the major means of travelling, as it takes care of about 70 per cent of the country’s transportation needs.
IT is for this reason that the various agencies mandated to ensure safety on our roads, such as the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), as well as transport unions such as the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), among others, have, over the years, engaged in sensitising motorists, especially commercial drivers, to the need to conform to road traffic regulations and ensure safety on our roads.
EVEN though these sensitisation and educational programmes on traffic regulations and defensive driving have been stepped up, the country continues to experience daunting challenges on the roads.
DESPITE all these, motorists continue to flout road traffic regulations, a development which has led to loss of lives .
THIS does not speak well of a nation aspiring to reduce traffic related deaths and injuries by 50 per cent by 2025 and make road transport the best and safest means of travelling.
WE believe that a lot more could be done to ensure sanity on our roads, with drivers complying with road traffic regulations.
THIS can be achieved if they concentrate on driving by avoiding the use of mobile phones, acting in accordance with traffic laws and obeying road signs, foreseeing and acting in advance to deal with hazards and then showing tolerance to other road users.
WE hope drivers and other motorists will resolve to help reduce road accidents and other traffic offences that tend to endanger the lives of others.
CERTAINLY, we need all alive and strong to contribute their quota to national development.