Drivers at the St. John transport station near Dome in the Greater Accra Region have called on the National Democratic Congress [NDC] government and other key stakeholders in the transport sector to educate pedestrians on the purpose of the overhead foot bridge at the station and others scattered across the capital.

This, they said, is the solution to the perennial road accidents in the area.

According to the drivers, approximately 15 people have been knocked down by speeding vehicles as of the first quarter of this year in the area.

A driver, Isaac Mensah, lamented the loss of lives of pedestrians crossing the Achimota – Kumasi Highway adding that “my sister, you cannot believe it but every week pedestrians lose their lives on this road….’’

The emotional driver, who could not but point accusing figures at both pedestrians and drivers for the increasing accidents on the road, beseeched both parties to be vigilant when using the road.

“Pedestrians should especially use the overhead to avoid confrontations with drivers and accidents for that matter …,” he appealed.

However, a roasted plantain seller, Ekua Atta, retorted that drivers were the main culprits of accidents, adding that “some drivers deliberately hit pedestrians because they refused to use the overhead foot bridge.”

Kwamena Antwi, a driver, also expressed his disappointment with students’ who have neglected the overhead bridge and have resorted to crossing the street instead.

“I constantly see school children crossing the streets instead of using the overhead, I could possibly understand our market women doing so ….’’

He intimated that “what is the essence of education if students cannot conform to simple rules, I think the right thing should be done.”

Mr Antwi, therefore called on teachers to go back to the drawing board to instill discipline in school children.

A pedestrian, Martha Dadzie, averred that pedestrians prefer crossing the streets to using the overhead because of time constraint.

“Though it is risky when crossing the streets most of the time, it is equally faster compared to the miles one has to walk to get to the overhead, it is simply a waste of time,” said the pedestrian.

The drivers therefore appealed to the ministry of roads & highways, stakeholders and the media to step in to avert the human slaughter on the road.

STORY: EUNICE OKYIR

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