The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has identified the cost of over speeding, wrongful overtaking, reckless driving, driving tired, and driving under the influence of alcohol as the major causes of road accidents and deaths on our roads.
Speaking in an interview with the Mr. Daniel Wuaku, Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, he averred that although there seemed to be some level of reduction in road accidents and its attendant fatalities in 2013, the situation cannot be described as encouraging as figuratively, the situation is stull worrying.
According to Mr. Wuaku within a period of 13 years, 200-2013, more than 26,000 people have been killed through road accidents and over 75,000 people sustained various degrees of injuries.
He mentioned that in 2013, 14,556 cases of road accidents have been reported to the police with 1,888 people losing their precious lives.
?11,644 people have been injured,? he added.
Mr. Wuaku noted that the NRSC in recognition of the fatalities that are normally recorded during Christmas festivities, the Commission has put in place measures to forestall any upsurge of road accidents.
He mentioned that the Commission is increasing collaboration with MTTU, DVLA, AMA, Road Agencies and Transport Unions to ensure effective implementation of road safety laws so as to save lives.
He also averred that the Commission will intensify its education campaigns, increase enforcement and also ensure that the AMA-launched ?Operation Let Traffic Flow? is effectively monitored and implemented.
?The cost of over speeding, wrongful overtaking, reckless driving, driving tired, driving under the influence of alcohol, failure to maintain vehicles, all of these must become an individual responsibility as well as institutional and national responsibility,? he stressed.
He called on drivers to constantly maintain their vehicles, reduce speed and rive with extra caution. ?Don?t embark on a trip if you are tired,? he cautioned.
According to the NRSC Boss, it has become a habit of some passengers to pressure drivers to speed up and make for the lost time in traffic, which he indicated was a wrong practise. He noted that individual passengers owe it a duty to themselves and their families the character of being responsible on a bus, and must rise up with one voice to demand professionalism from drivers.
Mr. Wuaku averred that there is the need for all and sundry to play it safe during this festive season and beyond, and ensure that together with the Commission and other agencies as well as road users, there will be a reduction in accidents and fatalities.
He also called on the Media to intensify their campaign strategies on Road safety and include the education and awareness creation in their daily reportage so as to add up to the efforts of the Commission in ensuring accident free nation.