The Tema Police Command of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has stated that about 90 to 95 percent of road accidents in the country are preventable.
Sergeant Richard Timinka of the MTTD noted that all road users need to avoid traffic accidents is to abide by the regulations, rules or codes that govern driving.
Sergeant Timinka representing the Regional Commander of the MTTD – Ghana Police Service, stated on the Ghana News Agency on the Tema and MTTD road safety campaign platform.
The GNA and MTTD Road Safety Project are actively seeking to create consistent and systematic weekly awareness of the need to exercise caution on the road as users, inform all road users of their respective responsibilities and make drivers aware of road safety regulations.
According to him, regulations such as the Highway Code, Highway Code and Traffic Regulations have taken care of what happens on the road and if they are followed, accidents will be drastically reduced.
Sergeant Timinka explained that there are generally four types of accidents, but the system in Ghana recognizes three, namely fatal, serious and minor accidents.
He said fatal accidents involved death regardless of the number of lives lost, serious accidents involved injuries where the victim or victims spent more than 24 hours in hospital, while minor accidents involved injuries where victims spent less than 24 hours. spent in the hospital before being discharged .
Mr Francis Ameyibor, Tema GNA Regional Manager, noted that road safety is a shared responsibility and Ghanaians should be concerned about what is happening on the road.
He said: “No one can say that he or she is not using the road, we are all road users, whether as passengers, drivers or pedestrians, cyclists or motorcyclists”.
He said the actions or inaction of people on the road could cause an accident that could affect the individual or other people.
Mr Ameyibor said the consequences of road accidents were serious, saying that apart from deaths and injuries, it had financial consequences.
He said: “For example, if the breadwinner is disabled, the livelihood of the whole family is gone, even though the person survived the accident.
Mr Ameyibor urged Ghanaians to help fight the carnage on our roads. “Let’s stop traffic accidents and join forces to fight for safer roads.”
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