The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) in the Western Region has embarked on a district-wide road safety awareness campaign and enforcement to make sure that the roads were safe before, during and after the Easter festivities.
The exercise was part of its mandate to develop and promote the best road safety practices in the country, coordinate and regulate activities, procedures and standards related to road safety, and provide for other related matters of road safety.
The exercise was done in collaboration with the Western Regional Coordinating Council (WRCC), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), National Insurance Commission (NIC) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service.
It included training workshops for drivers of the Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDAs) on defensive driver techniques and other specified areas, road safety education in the schools, enforcement of road safety regulations on the roads and radio education and awareness creation.
Nana Akua Ansaah, Western Regional Director of NRSA in an interview said it was imperative that official drivers assigned to the MMDAs exhibit competence and skills in defensive driving in order to ensure the safety of the officials of the Assemblies were guaranteed at all times.
She said the rate of road accidents in the country was on the ascendancy and will soon reach an alarming height if radical measures were not put in place to check the major factors that contribute to the unpleasant development.
Nana Ansaah contended that worse than the mere occurrence of motor accidents in the country was the fact that many of the country’s vibrant and economically active population perish through them.