The General Secretary of Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) Rev. Emmanuel T. Barrigah has advised drivers to strictly abide by road traffic regulations to avoid collisions and accidents.
According to him, no amount of money could buy human life or compensate any accident victim and urged drivers to exercise caution when on the road, while being mindful to avoid t driving when tired.
Stop Over speeding
In an interview with GPCC News Team, Rev. Barrigah said “no passenger will get angry with a driver who confesses to passengers that I am feeling sleepy so I want to take a nap and takes a nap for 10 to 15 minutes before they set off. I think the passengers will be happy with such a driver because the driver could have endangered their lives.”
Speaking as a driver, he said over-speeding contrary to held views by some drivers that it saves fuel rather wastes fuel.
Advising pedestrians, the Man of God noted that, it is equally paramount for pedestrians to be extra cautious when crossing the road.
The General Secretary was unhappy with motorists who do not stop for pedestrians to cross but maintain their speed forcing the pedestrian to run, which is inappropriate.
He asked both motorists and pedestrians to be disciplined when using the road to forestall mistakes that cause accidents.
Rev. Barrigah asked drivers to stop over-speeding because there has been an upsurge of deaths and injuries from road traffic crashes from the beginning of 2019.
Available statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the police indicates that from January 2019 to the end of February 2019, a total of 411 persons have been killed and 2048 injured through road traffic crashes in Ghana.
The General Secretary attributed some of the crashes to disrespect for road traffic laws and regulations, over-speeding, overtaking, driving under influence of alcohol and drugs, long driving periods, disregard for traffic regulations by motor riders including non-use of crash helmets among others.
He said reducing road accidents in the country is a major priority for government and said that was the reason why agencies like the National Road Safety Commission and the Police MTTD continue to receive support from central government to address road safety issues and also to tackle the major factors that contribute to road accidents in the country.
“We must also scale up road safety education and sensitization to ensure compliance to road safety measures, procedures, and policies,” Rev. Barrigah indicated.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS