Roads and Transport Minister, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has stated that the Ministry has started a review of the Road Traffic Act 2004 and the Road Traffic Regulations 2012 to better address Ghana’s current road crash menace.
He said work was progressing smoothly and that, they would present all paperwork before Parliament next week and proceed to cabinet for further engagements.
The Minister said this on Wednesday at the Launch of the National Road Safety Authority’s (NRSA) “Stay Alive Road Safety Campaign” in Accra.
The Campaign, being the second phase of the “ARRIVE ALIVE” Road Safety Campaign launched last year, will enable the NRSA, Driver, and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) in collaboration with other stakeholders, combine education, advocacy, training, and enforcement to fight the menace of road traffic crashes and casualties.
The Minister said the review would include the automation of traffic enforcement to electronically detect, apprehend and issue fines to traffic law violators.
He said drivers who had been involved in too many crashes, would be labelled as high-risk drivers and could have their licenses taken from them or prevented from driving certain vehicles.
Mr Asiamah said commercial drivers would also be made to attend drivers’ refresher courses either on a bi-annual or yearly basis to upgrade their knowledge base.
He said over 90 per cent of road crashes were attributable to indiscipline on the part of road users, saying, “The act of excessive speeding, overtaking without due care to other vehicles, driving tired on the part of drivers, jaywalking, non-wearing of crash helmet and passing red-light among others are some of the common man related factors confronting road safety management strategies.”
The Minister said an Inter-Ministerial Committee that was put together by President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on April 15, 2021, to make recommendations that would reduce road traffic crashes in Ghana suggested that there should be a scale-up in the implementation of the Nationwide Road Safety Campaign.
The Committee also recommended the enforcement of regulations on two drivers for long-distance journeys, mandatory rest period for drivers, and pre-departure checks at transport terminals.
It also said there should be installation of speed limiters in certain vehicles, mandatory refresher training for commercial vehicle drivers, provision of Road Signs, Road-line Markings, Street Lights, and Crash Barriers on major highways.
He said the Committee suggested an increase in highway patrols to intensify routine road checks and reactivation of the “War against Road Indiscipline” exercise, and the automation of traffic enforcement to electronically detect, apprehend and issue fines to traffic law violators.
The Minister urged the media to be at the center of the campaign and use their platforms to intensify awareness on road safety.
Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, Director General, NRSA, said the campaign would make road users more accountable and take full responsibility for the carnage on roads, rather than attribute it to the work of the devil.
She said it would also induce positive behavioural change for road users to, at all times observe and advocate for compliance with road traffic regulations and report infractions.
The Director-General, said again, the Campaign would illicit greater commitment to safety for policy makers, implementers and enforcers.
She said the NRSA would embark on joint enforcement and compliances activities with the MTTD and DVLA to ensure unconditional observance of road traffic regulations.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboah urged motorists and road users to exercise greater caution in the days leading to the Christmas festivities and the New Year.
She said ahead of the Christmas festivities, the NRSA would roll out the short code 194 to allow road users to report road safety violations to the Authority by text or voice.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboah said the shortcode would equally be linked to a WhatsApp number.
She told the Ghana News Agency that the Authority had planned on developing incentive packages for citizens who reported infractions by other road users and assured of utmost anonymity of persons who assisted with evidence of any breach in road safety regulations.
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