Drivers blamed for alarming rate of road accidents

The President of The Apostolic Church- Ghana, Apostle Dr. Aaron Ami-Narh has attributed rampant road accidents, largely, to indiscipline on the part of drivers. He has therefore called for a sustainable coordinated effort by stakeholders to address the menace.
Speaking in an interview with GPCC News Team in Accra, Apostle Ami- Narh noted that while human errors have largely been blamed for the high numbers of road traffic accidents recorded in the country, the absence of requisite road infrastructure to aid safe travels has been a contributory factor too.
Statistics from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) show that between 1991 and 2018 Ghana lost 46,284 Ghanaians to road accidents nationwide. Analysts say this is the leading cause of deaths among Ghanaians.
The Commission states that, Ghana loses over 230 million dollars annually due to road crashes.
Poor driving skills, gross indiscipline by drivers and unworthiness of cars on Ghanaian roads, according to the Commission, could be blamed for the unfortunate incidences.
With the above statistics, Apostle Ami – Narh advised road users especially drivers to ensure discipline on the road to avoid loss of lives.
“It is also a human issue, people seem to believe is a spirit but if you have that faith by the time you will realise you are dead,” he said.
Impatient drivers must be checked
The Man of God mentioned that, when there is huge traffic, there would be some drivers using the sides of the road.
“Do the right thing because that is where people walk so you cannot even understand,” he added.
Apostle Ami – Narh who is a member of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the Ghana Pentecostal and Charismatic Council (GPCC) pointed out that whatever drivers are doing to get home early, if they are not careful “you might get to death earlier than that, so you must take your time and drive home safely.”
He called on government to improve roads in the country since the state of the roads are contributing to rampant road accidents.
Stakeholder concerns
The NRSC was established to help reduce road accidents on our roads but as it stands, either they are overwhelmed by the enormity of the task or they are just not enforcing our laws enough.
According to statistics from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), from 1991 to 2018 about 46, 284 Ghanaians have been killed in road accidents nationwide.
Ghana loses over 230 million dollars annually due to road accidents.
Poor driving skills, gross indiscipline by drivers and unworthiness of cars on Ghanaian roads according to the commission could be blamed for the accidents.
The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) is always on the roads but the statistics is just too amazing to comprehend.
SOURCE: GPCC NEWS
www.gpccghana.org

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