Lets Use ICT to Improve Road Safety – MPs


wpid-133971066editorRoadsafetyagencygeneratesN14bfromtrafficoffenders0.jpgThe Member of Parliament (MP) for Bortianor/Ngleshie-Amanfro, Bright E. K. Demordzi has stated that the appropriate use of Information Communication Technology (ICT) devices would ensure more safety on the major roads.

According to Mr. Demordzi, some of the accidents recorded on the major roads in recent times were as a result of the wrong use of some ICT devices such as the mobile phones.

?It is a common practice to see drivers on our highways driving whilst communicating with their cellphones, a number of recorded road accidents have been attributed to detractions arising from the use of cellphones?, he said.

The MP made this pronouncement on the floor of Parliament House yesterday when he made a statement to commemorate World Telecommunication and ICT Day.

The World Telecommunication and ICT Day, is celebrated all over the world on May 17 of every year. The celebration was initiated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) which has a membership of about 193 countries, Ghana inclusive.

The theme for this year?s celebration is ?ICT and Road Safety?, and Mr. Demordzi believes that such a theme could not have been any better since road safety has become a global concern begging for attention.

He said the idea was aimed at leveraging ICT to improve on road safety across the globe.

Advancing his argument, Mr. Demordzi said about 1.3 million people die through road accidents out of which 20-50 million got injured mainly in the developing countries around the world.

In Ghana alone, he said 2,249 people lost their lives while 14,181 got injured in 2012, according to the statistics released by the MTTU.

He lamented that, in his constituency, the major road from Mallam junction to Winneba records on the average one road accident a day.?This, he noted was worrying and expressed the belief that ?ICT can assist authorities improve on road safety in Ghana.?

His statement was supported by some Members of the House who argued that such a statement could not have been admitted at a better time, considering the number of road accidents the nation has witnessed in recent times.

MP for Adaklu, Mr. Agbodza Kwame Governs said the importance of ICT would be best achieved, if and when its prospects are applied to other sectors of the economy.?He said doing so, would further foster the development and proper achievement of the ICT.

On his part, the MP for Okaikwei Central, Mr. Patrick Yaw Boamah said he was disturbed by the poor services being rendered by telecommunication companies in the country since ?people pay so much for services that they do not enjoy.?

He opined that the telecommunication industry do not invest in the necessary areas they ought to have invested; a situation he bemoaned was having a negative impact on the economy.

To that effect, Mr. Yaw Boamah called on the Ministry of Communications to enforce the existing telecommunication laws to compel players in the industry to do the right thing.

Source: Agness Asare

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