Regional News Tue, 29 Mar 2016

NRSC expresses worry about disregard for safety

The Ashanti Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr. Samuel Obeng Asiamah, has urged drivers and passengers to heed the call to wear seat belt, saying, this is in their own interest.

He expressed discomfort about the continue disregard for the safety measure by many commercial and private car drivers, in the region.

He told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi that only four out of 10 drivers put on their seat belts, when driving.

Mr. Asiamah said this should give cause to worry given the fact that wearing the belt could reduce the risk of getting killed in a road crash by 50 per cent.

These protect drivers against injury in a collision and also reduce the risk of being thrown against the dashboard, windshield or out of a door, flung open in a crash.

He again called for motorists to have enough rest and avoid speeding, noting that, many of the crashes were attributable fatigue and speeding.

Mr Asiamah reminded them that it was against the law to drive for more than four hours without resting, adding that commercial drivers should also not work for more than eight hours.

Source: GNA