Passengers blamed for road accidents

Passengers of commercial vehicles have been blamed for the high spate of road-related accidents in the country.

Passengers’ apathy and their unwillingness to protest when ‘trotro’ and taxi drivers engage in reckless and dangerous driving is believed to account largely for the carnage on the country’s roads.

According to Mercy Asemeni Boakye, a Physiotherapist and a road user, “Ghanaians should learn to speak up as passengers”.

She said this during a panel discussion on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show Tuesday.

Commenting on the attitude of drivers, Mercy said, “There is a lot of chaos with motorists changing lanes when they should not.”

Transport expert, Cecil Garbrah, doubted that drivers take the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority examination for potential drivers.

“They have their own laws. Ghana’s laws are in a book, closed [and locked up somewhere],” Mr. Garbrah said.

He cited the absence of overhead bridges, problems with road markings as well as disregard for pedestrian road crossing as contributing factors to accidents on our roads.

He categorised the problems on the country’s roads under Engineering, Education and Enforcement and maintained that addressing these three ‘Es’ would help forestall some of the terrible accidents which claim thousands of lives annually.

Cecil Garbrah called for the implementation of the Road Traffic and Regulation, Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180, which is designed to prevent and reduce road crashes in the country.

He also advised the public to complement the efforts of the law enforcement agencies on the right standard of behavior on our roads.

Road users blatantly flout Ghana’s three road speed limits of 50 kilometers per hour on standard roads,  80 kilometers per hour on highway and 100 kilometers per hour on motorway, he regretted.