The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has bemoaned the incessant killings on our roads as a result of road crashes, calling on all to give a helping hand to address the situation.
To the Minister, the killings on our roads are largely attributed to indiscipline, noting that statistics from the National Roads Safety Commission (NRSC) indicate that about 80% of all road crashes are caused by human error, the majority of which are linked to indiscipline on the part of male drivers.
He said it was about time the citizenry took the safety and security of their lives into their own hands, urging that when a driver is excessively speeding or doing unnecessary overtaking on the road, those onboard the vehicle have every right to caution him or her.
The Transport Minister made these observations, Monday, when he visited last Friday's accident victims at the Trauma and Specialist Hospital, Winneba and the St. Luke Catholic Hospital at Apam, all in the Central Region.
At least nine people perished in the crash at Ekumfi Abor on the Winneba-Cape Coast Highway in the Ekumfi District. The accident involved a Yutong bus which was travelling from Takoradi to Accra and a Metro Mass Transit bus heading towards Cape coast.
The Minister also visited the accident scene at Ekumfi.
Earlier that day, over 60 people died in a gory head-on collision between two passenger buses on the Kintampo-Techiman road in the Bono East Region.
He was accompanied by some officials from the Ministry, NRSC, Metro Mass Transit, the Ghana Police Service and the Deputy Central Regional Minister.
The Managing Director, Metro Mass Transit, Albert Aduboahene, on his part, expressed regret at the loss of lives and condoled with the families of the bereaved families.
He said from all the narrations given by the victims, it was clear that the fault of the accident wasn't from the Metro Mass Transit driver.
He assured that his outfit will continue to pursue measures that will ensure the comfort and safety of their clientele, stressing that government is in the process of acquiring new fleet of buses to replace worn-out and overaged buses on our roads.
The Winneba Police Commander, ACP Owoahene Acheampong on his part cautioned drivers to always leave some distance between their vehicle and the other which is ahead of them.