Onlookers stand by the mangled taxicab at the accident scene
Onlookers stand by the mangled taxicab at the accident scene

The police often cite poor mechanical condition of vehicles, reckless driving, drink-driving, talking on phone while driving and failure to observe traffic rules and regulations by motorists as some of the causes of road carnage. But what is being done to address this?

Onlookers stand by the mangled taxicab at the accident scene
Onlookers stand by the mangled taxicab at the accident scene

This Wednesday, Ghanaians were stirred by the depressing news of the gruesome accident which involved a Metro Mass Transit Bus (MMT) and a KIA truck carrying tomatoes from Ouagadougou to Accra at the Kintampo Waterfalls junction in the Brong Ahafo Region.

At least, 63 persons have reportedly perished in that accident.

We recall a similar accident last year in which a Ghanaian Times presidential correspondent, Samuel Nuamah, died and several others, including our reporter, sustained serious injuries on the Akosombo-Tema road at Doryumo, a Dodowa suburb.

The accident occurred when a rented Ford mini bus reportedly somersaulted and ran into a muddy ditch with Presidential Press Corps after its tyre got burst. Police cited possible poor mechanical condition as the cause.

Many scenes of road accidents are known black spots where accidents have claimed many lives and there are many such spots on major roads such as the Kintampo-Tamale highway, Elubo Road in the Western Region, Cape-Coast highway, Nsawam-Kumasi road and Ho-Aflao Road.

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 is being done to address this?

In May, last year, Ministry of Transport and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) said they had developed a Comprehensive Road Safety policy, where all commercial vehicles should have seat belt as one of the ways to achieve a 50 per cent reduction in road accident deaths by 2020. But do the rising cases of accidents reflect this?

The Enquirer’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 Ghana National Road Safety Commission, as well as the Ghana Highway Authority, should speed up the construction and repair of roads, many of which are narrow and potholed.

It is action, not words, that will ensure that road users reach their destination safely.  So we say, “Let’s act to end road accidents now!”

Source: The Enquirer

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