The Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT) has drawn the public’s attention to the potential carnage that usually takes place on our roads during Easter periods and entreated all road users to be extra careful and vigilant.
This was contained in a press release signed and issued by Nlaliban Wujangi, CMILT Public Affairs Officer, CILT Ghana.
According to him, road users must be extra careful and vigilant and take note of the some hot spots where accidents occur. “These include; the Accra-Nkawkaw-Ejisu-Kumasi Road, Accra-Kasoa-Winneba junctionMankessim-Capecoast-Takoradi road, the Accra-Tema-Sogakofe-Aflao, Accra-Tema-Ashiaman roundabout-Michel camp-Kpong roads, Kumasi-Techiman road and the Agona junction-Tarkwa road. Notable areas in the regions include; Buipe, Yapei and Nashia junction in the North, Duayaw-Nkwanta, Kintampo and Bechem in Brong Ahafo, Bawku, Navrongo and SSNIT junction in Upper East, Swala, Lawra, Samboi, Kairo and Jirapa in Upper West and
Hohoe, Kpeve, Akatsi and the Dabala junction in Volta.”
“…The rest are; Okponglo, NI Highway, Malam junction, Pokuase junction, Dawhenya, Tema motorway in Greater Accra, Apegusu, Bonsu Teacher Mante, Kibi junction and Suhum junctions in Eastern, Asawanso, Anaji junction, Kojokrom and Wassa Akropong in Western, Elmina junction, UCC gate and Poku junction in Central.”
He pointed out that per the National Road Safety Commission’s report, road traffic incidents have risen from 1,634 deaths and 9,599 injuries in 2015 to 2,198 deaths and 11,293 injuries in 2016, eroding the considerable progress made between 2012 and 2014.
In 2016, 6.02 people died daily, an increase from an average of 4.5 in 2015 representing an approximate increase of 35%.
The main cause of these accidents, he averred, is as a result of human error.
“A road traffic incident results in the loss of property, injury and in some cases, lives. It also means the loss of a bread winner, children are orphaned, a period of pain, suffering and possibly mourning. One road traffic incident, is one too many. Do NOT drink and drive, Do NOT drive tired, observe road signs and the directions given by traffic wardens and the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MITD) of the Ghana Police Service and be extra careful by looking out for broken down vehicles and make use of the triangle as a caution to other road users.”
CILT Ghana therefore called on the law enforcement agencies to ensure the rigorous enforcement of road traffic regulations and encourage them to be extra vigilant during this period.
The Governing Council and Members of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport (CILT Ghana) also wished the President and the people of the Republic of Ghana, a Happy Easter and an incident free Easter celebration.