President Mahama
President Mahama

President John Dramani Mahama has praised the implementation of the National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS) III, the national blue print with a target to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by the year 2020. The President Mahama was speaking at the 5th National Road Safety Awards (NRSA) in Accra.

President John Dramani Mahama
President John Dramani Mahama

The event was to honor some deserving transport operators, media houses and journalists for their role in promoting road safety.

He said it is important to encourage the media to demand and deliver reduction in all the road safety indices on a year on year basis.

President Mahama urged all to embrace best road safety practices adding that road safety affected everybody and everyone remained vulnerable.

He said road crashes were avoidable if we can embrace some positive road-user behaviour and adopt global best road safety practices such as reducing speed, avoiding fatigue driving, avoiding drink driving, wearing seatbelts and crash helmets among others.

The awards scheme was instituted in 2010 as an initiative of the Ministry of Transport and the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to encourage best road safety practices, particularly control systems among commercial transport operators.

President Mahama said as the nation prepared for the 2016 electioneering year, political parties must also incorporate mainstream best road safety practices and policies in their transport operational issues to prevent avoidable deaths.

He said government considered the idea to reward the operators and the media as worthwhile and a catalyst to improve road safety standards while increasing the demand for accountability for road safety actions by the media.

President Mahama also praised the media for their interest in improving the quest for accountability and making road safety a priority concern for their time and resources.

He said road crashes continued to deny us of resources that could positively influence the Better Ghana Agenda.

President Mahama noted that between January and October this year, 9,045 road traffic crashes were recorded involving 14,118 vehicles resulting in 1,379 deaths and 7,770 injuries.

He said the situation however reflected a reduction of 18.3 per cent per cent of road traffic crashes recorded last year.

“Similarly, there were reductions of 13.92 per cent and 19.47 per cent deaths and injuries respectively over the same period,” the President said.

Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director of the NRSC, said the awards among others would help to ensure improvement in road safety management practices and safer vehicles among others.

She commended the contribution of all stakeholders and sponsors saying “we all have to renew our passion and commitment towards the implementation of our action plans.”

Mrs Obiri-Yeboah said there was an urgent need to scale up efforts to meet the goals of the national road safety strategy.

The Best safety-oriented commercial passenger transport organisation went to Metro Mass Transit Ltd.

The Intercity STC and PROTOA won the first runner up and second runner up respectively.

The 2015 safety oriented haulage transport organisation (liquid category) went to S.O Frimpong Transport, while the first runner up went J.K Ahiadome Transport with J.K Horgle Transport winning second runner up.

The 2015 safety oriented haulage transport organisation (solid category) went to S.O Frimpong Transport, with Global haulage company Ltd as runner up.

The 2015 safety oriented Commercial Vehicle Driver was won by Luri Musah of Metro Mass Transit Ltd.

Mr Henry Nartey Doku and Mr Osafo Bediako both of Intercity STC won the first and second runners up respectively.

The media category was won by Mr Ebenezer Ayeh (UTV). Mr Nelson Nyador (Diamond FM) and Ms Dzifa Emma Tetteh (Ghanaian Times) won the first runner up and second runner up respectively.

The Youth Ambassador for Road Safety 2015 was won by Mr Asamoah Boateng of Kings Radio, Konongo.
GNA

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