Date: January 22, 2018
The former Greater-Accra Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent (CSP) Prosper Amoah Ayisi (Retd.) has said that road traffic accident has been declared one of the major public health concerns in the world by the World Health Organisation (WHO).
According to him, road traffic accident ranked ninth among other public health concerns and it is estimated that it may rank third by 2020.
CSP Amoah Ayisi (Retd.) said this during the Tema Inter-City Women’s Ministry meeting of the Tema Area of The Church of Pentecost held at Tema Community Four Assembly on Tuesday, December 5, 2017.
CSP Amoah Ayisi said that road traffic accident is now more dangerous than HIV/AIDS because it accounted for the death of about 2,140 people in 2016, translating to an average of six deaths a day in Ghana. Of this number, 43% were children under 18years and 70% were males. Interestingly, 43% of these deaths were pedestrians.
The former MTTU Commander said that most accidents occur during festivities like Easter and Christmas and therefore advised the members to drive carefully during the Christmas season. He added that accidents are also high during weekends, funerals and occasions.
The ex-serviceman disagreed with the illusion that the accidents that occur on the roads are due to the activities of witches and demons, stressing that “we are those who cause accidents on our roads.”
CSP Amoah Ayisi entreated the various stakeholders such as the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), the Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the general public to be involved in preventing road traffic accidents.
The causes of road accidents, according to the former policeman, included speeding, drink driving, fatigue, wrong overtaking, poor nature of roads, poor road furniture, the absence of street lights and road markings and a poor licensing regime.
Speaking on how road accidents could be prevented, Mr Ayisi advised drivers not to drive continuously for four hours without taking the mandatory thirty minutes rest. He also cautioned that it is not good to drive for more than eight hours in a day.
CSP Amoah Ayisi revealed that speeding causes about 60% of road accidents, therefore, drivers should observe the approved speed limits which are 100km/h on the Motorway, 80km/h on the Highway and 50km/h when driving in town.
In conclusion, Chief Superintendent Amoah Ayisi said that most “home-used” vehicles, which are considered as new in Ghana fail about 90% tests before they are imported to Ghana, thus, a lot of work ought to be done on them before they should be allowed to ply on the road.
The Inter-City Women’s Ministry Joint programme is an initiative of the wife of the Chairman of the Church of Pentecost, Mrs Grace Opoku Onyinah, where women within the cities meet to discuss issues and to pray.
In attendance were the Tema Area Women’s Leader, Mrs Charity Kuwornu, and her executives and also Tema Area pastorate and their wives.
Report By: Franklin Kumi Lartey, Bedeku District, Tema Area Reporter
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