Mr Joseph Korto, Presiding Member (PM), Tema West Municipal Assembly, has called for enhanced road safety education and enforcement as a key strategy in the prevention of road crashes and fatalities in the country.
He said road safety required a collective and deliberate effort through education of road users and the enforcement of the road safety regulation as prescribed by law to cause behavioural change.
The Presiding Member, who was speaking at the Tema office of the Ghana News Agency and Tema Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) Road Safety campaign platform, said, education and enforcement strategies, if stepped up, could result in a drastic reduction of road crashes.
The GNA-Tema and MTTD Road Safety Project seeks to create consistent and systematic weekly awareness advocacy on the need to be cautious on the road as a user, educate all road users on their respective responsibilities, and sensitize drivers especially on road safety regulations, rules and laws.
Mr Korto, who is the National Dean of Presiding Members cautioned that, “The earlier we educated road users and enforced the laws, the better; because we cannot afford to lose people as a result of preventable road crashes in the country”.
He said the Assembly as part of efforts to reduce crashes was ensuring that road markings, streetlights and others were maintained to reduce the risk of accidents in the Tema Metropolis.
The PM said the enforcement of traffic regulations and laws had become an important element in road safety which required an increasing call on authorities mandated by law to ensure safety on the country’s roads.
According to him, there must be road safety enforcement which should also see formal processes to apply sanctions to road users who flout the law to serve as deterrent to others flout the laws.
“Even though people go to driving school before obtaining driving licenses, there’s the need to educate not only the drivers, but other road users including; pedestrians as a preventive measure,” he said, emphasizing that holistic education was needed to nip the phenomenon in the bud.
He pledged support for the road safety campaign and lauded the Ghana News Agency for the campaign, saying that such awareness creation was key to behavioural change through adequate road safety information dissemination.
Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema Regional Manager of GNA, called for collaboration from all stakeholders in road safety to stem the tide.
Data in Tema alone, indicated that between January and May 2021, 80 persons including; 66 males and 14 females were killed and 667 persons injured as a result of road crashes.
A total of 545 road crash cases were recorded, involving 304 commercial vehicles, 388 private vehicles and 156 motorcycles, while some 59 pedestrians consisting of 38 males and 21 females were knocked down as a result.