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Mr Kwasi Tsibu-Yirenkyi, the Eastern Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has said a number of road accidents in Ghana were as a result of failures of drivers to adhere to driving rules and regulations.

He called for stiff punishment for drivers who refuse to obey traffic regulations to serve as a deterrent to others.

Speaking to the Ghana News Agency(GNA) in an interview on Wednesday in Koforidua, Mr Tsibu -Yirenkyi said it was unfortunate that in spite of the numerous road safety campaigns and education road accidents kept on increasing.

He mentioned some of the behaviour of drivers which had been identified as major causes of road accidents as excessive speeding, drunk driving, driving under the influence of hard drugs, non- maintenance of vehicles, driving tired, wrongful overtaking, engaging one hand on mobile phones and other unacceptable practices.

He said as part of the strategy to check road accidents in the region, four major market centres, Akyem Oda, Anum Apapam, Asamankese and Akanten had been selected where road safety tips would be disseminated through local information centres.

He said other centres would be added to the programme when it starts yielding positive results.

Mr Tsibu-Yirenkyi said his outfit, in collaboration with other stakeholders such as the Regional Road Safety Committee and some other district and municipal assemblies, had drawn up activities to educate and create more awareness.

He called on all the major stakeholders in the transport sector to strive to eliminate the human errors that lead to accidents.

Mr Tsibu- Yirenkyi said minimizing road crashes and its fatalities depend on all stakeholders and therefore called on drivers? unions to monitor their drivers and ensure that they abide by road safety regulations.

Source: GNA

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