David Osafo Adonteng, Director in Charge of Planning and Programmes at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), says his organization is committed to ensuring that all commercial transportation service providers receive mandatory education in “safe driving.”
According to him, this exercise would give drivers the expertise they need to protect themselves and their passengers from bad drivers, drunk drivers, and bad weather while also reducing the country’s rising number of road accidents.
“We also released a guideline requiring all commercial transportation service providers to provide mandatory protective driving training for their drivers. On PM Express, he told Evans Mensah, “We’ll use our authority mandate to make sure they do.”
As a result, he said that in addition to the training exercise, the NRSA, the Police, and other partners are collaborating to develop policies that will reduce the danger.
“Over the coming months, we’ll look at how we, the police, and other partners, in collaboration with Parliament, should bring something in place to control motorcycle use in Ghana.
“…many of the crushes are caused by motorcycles, and yes, if you look at the numbers that we were talking about, almost 45 percent – 46 percent or 48 percent of the 77 deaths that we have reported in three months are caused by motorcycles and tricycles.”
Mr. Adonteng made the remark after JoyNews aired the ‘CRUSHED’ hotline documentary. JoyNews’ contribution to tackling the country’s growing number of road deaths is a song called ‘Crushed.’
CRUSHED, directed by Seth Kwame Boateng, captures the heartbreaking stories of how many families have lost loved ones as a result of road accidents.
Mark Ofosu-Ampadu Jnr., 29, died in a traffic accident, and Kwame Ofori, 39, had his leg amputated.
Between January and March of this year, a total of 771 Ghanaians have died as a result of this threat.