Mr Ali Wahab, Chairman of the Ghana Association of Driving Schools, on Tuesday said that proper training of drivers was necessary to reduce road crashes in the country.
He said road crashes were on the increase because drivers were not having proper training, adding that over speeding, poor eye sight, bad driver attitude and poor roads were other factors leading to the menace.
Mr Wahab said in the third quarter of 2018, reports from the National Road Safety Commission indicated that the country witnessed 1,770 deaths on roads with a drop of seven per cent in the third quarter of 2019 representing 1,580 deaths.
“These statistics are worrisome; we are losing our rich human resource through road crashes and if care is not taken, posterity will judge all of us,” he said.
Speaking at a press briefing in Accra, Mr Wahab said driving was a professional business, which required training and that gone were the days when the driver was trained either at the washing bay or workshop.
He revealed that the country had 340 Driving Schools and entreated the public to desist from unauthorized systems of training to avoid any shoddy production of drivers.
He added that the LI 2180 had come to stay and it mandated every would-be driver to undergo 48 hours of basic driver training from any certified and approved Driving School.
The Chairman disclosed that as part of efforts to reduce road crashes, the Association was embarking on a sensitization exercise with funding from government to retrain drivers and educate the public on road safety before, during and after the Christmas Festivities.
The training is dubbed,“Train to Reduce Road Crash”.
The public sensitization commenced yesterday November 5 at the Oxford Street, Osu, and it would move to Tema Station on November 18, and the Kaneshie Lorry Park on November 21, 2019.
He urged the media to use their platforms to educate the public on road crashes.