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#GhanaWebRoadSafety: National Road Safety Authority outlines 'wild' plans to curb road accidents

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Wed, 9 Jun 2021 Source:

• Ghana’s cases of deaths recorded from road crashes have outnumbered even those of the coronavirus

• The NRSA outlines what the challenges are and what the Authority is doing to stop these fatalities

• The Authority has also lined up a number of strategies to ensure that road users comply

Road accidents contribute to Ghana’s highest causes of deaths even in the wake of the novel coronavirus that is affecting economies of the world.

Reports from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service show that only for the month of April this year, 263 people died from road crashes, among other high numbers for the year in review already.

As part of the GhanaWeb Road Safety Campaign, we sit with one of the most important stakeholders in the roads sector, the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), to understand why these situations persist and what can be done to reduce the growing trend.

Pearl Adusu, the Public Relations Officer of the NRSA, interacts with GhanaWeb’s Etsey Atisu on what the Authority is doing to address these avoidable road accidents, as well as eventually stopping the killing of people on our roads.

“Now, we have what we call the New Decade for Action Against Road Safety; it is even global now and we will draw our plan fitting it. So, we just have to out in strategies that will manage the fatalities on our roads. Our flagship campaign is called Arrive Alive. It is a campaign that was started in October and we are hoping that it goes well into a number of years to come.

“We started with topical issues on roads safety life speeding, dangerous driving, fatigue driving, night driving, driving in bad weather – topical issues; about 52 topical issues,” she said.

The plans are detailed in the interview below:

About GhanaWeb Road Safety Campaign:

The GhanaWeb Road Safety Campaign forms a part of the numerous projects GhanaWeb has rolled out as part of its 22nd-anniversary celebrations.

The year-long campaign dubbed #GhanaWebRoadSafety took off on Monday, March 1, 2021, and will focus on three key areas: indiscipline on roads; bad roads, and potholes that contribute to road accidents and absence of streetlights.

The campaign is being executed in partnership with major stakeholders including the Ghana Road Safety Authority, the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Highway Authority, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, the Ghana Fire Service, the Ghana National Ambulance Service and the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority.

The campaign is also spearheaded by musician and politician Bice Osei Kuffour (Obour) as the Ambassador.

Meanwhile, GhanaWeb among other things will, throughout the year, embark on media tours, organise special awards and recognition, embark on corporate social responsibility activities as part of its 22nd-anniversary celebration which was officially launched in Accra on February 15, 2021.

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