Nene Sipim Narh Tekpertey II of Aklomuase in the Lower Manya Krobo municipality of the Eastern Region has joined calls for drivers to take extra care on the roads during the Easter season and beyond.
He said though various stakeholders continue to play their part in awareness campaigns in highlighting the dangers of speeding and drunk driving, the onus was now on each individual driver to be cautious.
The Chief observed that by being cautious, drivers could help reduce the number of accident, adding that drivers must strictly adhere to all road safety requirements and regulations to curtail road crashes in the country before, during and after the Easter festivities.
His call comes as many Ghanaians are expected to commute by road ahead of the extended weekend which begins with Easter Friday.
Many drivers have gained notoriety for drunk driving, a habit the renowned chief condemned especially during the Easter festivities.
While most Ghanaians will be heading to various parts of the country for the festivities, a significant amount of the traffic will be heading towards Kwahu, via the Accra Kumasi Road, which, though not among the most dangerous roads in Ghana, has seen a fair amount of fatal road crashes.
The number of persons killed in road crashes rose from 2,076 in 2017 to 2,341 in 2018 and Nene believes everybody must become ambassadors and advocates to ensure that the alarming rate of accidents are reduced.
He was speaking in an interview with journalists at his residence at Nuaso, a suburb of Lower ManyaKrobo Municipal where he urged Ghanaians to ensure that we had “an accident-free Easter.”
“Easter is coming and a lot of people are going to travel. The drivers must drive cautiously to ensure that Some will be my relatives. Some will be your relatives. If we don’t advocate and help our drivers and all those who are involved in terms of transporting us safely to one destination or the other… then we will be reneging on our responsibilities.”
Statistics indicate that within the last 28 years, about 46, 284 Ghanaians have been killed in road accidents nationwide.
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