As part of the road safety awareness creation, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is coming together with city authorities and the public to go on a health walk.

The walk will start at Tetteh Quarshie to the Lapaz George Walker Bush Highway (N1 Highway).

The campaign, according to the Executive Director of the NRSC, Mr. Noble John Appiah, forms part of activities marking the second United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which is being celebrated on the theme: ?Improving pedestrian safety: The opportunities, gaps and the way forward.?

Mr. Appiah disclosed this when he, together with the officials of the NRSC, painted some selected pedestrians crossing points in Accra at the weekend.

He drew the attention of the attendees to the danger posed to some road users who were then crossing the N1 Highway at some spots at Lapaz and Achimota.

He said globally pedestrians comprise about a quarter of traffic deaths, with low-income and middle-income countries recording majority of these incidents.

According to him, in Ghana almost 60 per cent of all deaths on urban roads are pedestrian- related, stressing that everyday two road users get killed using the road.

?The NRSC is seeking to raise awareness of the pedestrian safety challenge with the ?Be Alert! Look out for other users? campaign which is a call on motorists to recognise pedestrians as part of the traffic and as a result the need to show down or yield for them.

[The exercise is to draw attention to the importance of the facility; the need to prioritise them in the design and construction of roads while calling on pedestrians to  prioritise their use when they are available to keep them safe and help reduce their vulnerability as road users,? he said.

He noted that it was wrong for pedestrians to put their lives in danger by crossing the road in the middle, while vehicles were moving.

?Out of the annual average of 2,000 deaths, pedestrians account for almost 43 per cent of all road traffic deaths,? she disclosed.

Children under the age of 16, she said, were mostly the victims, constituting about 23 per cent of pedestrian deaths.

He explained that 73 per cent of the deaths occurred while pedestrians crossed the road, while 14 per cent constituted victims killed while walking along the road.

Mr. Appiah urged chief executives of the various assemblies, chiefs, churches and communities to get involved in the road safety campaign, since it was a shared responsibility.

He also called on adults to make it their pre-occupation to help children cross the road, instead of leaving them at the mercy of drivers.

STORY: KORYEKPOR AWLESU FREEMAN

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