Passengers have been blamed for the spate of road related accidents in the country, which continue to claim lives of many innocent Ghanaians.
For some time now, passengers’ apathetic nature with trotro and taxis drivers has accounted for the high rate of carnage on our roads, experts say.
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 the Super Morning Show together with Cecil Garbrah, Executive Director, Toptech Transport and Logistics.
Commenting on the attitudes of drivers on the country’s roads, Mercy said, “There is a lot of chaos with motorists changing lanes when they should not.”
Cecil Garbrah wondered whether drivers took the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority examination before using the road.
“They (Drivers) have their own laws. Ghana’s laws are in a book closed,” said Garbrah.
He catergorised the problems on the country’s roads under Engineering, Education and Enforcement, adding addressing these 3E’s would help forestall some of the terrible road accidents.
Garbrah further blamed the absence of overhead bridges, poor road markings as well as a disregard for pedestrian road crossing as contributing factors to accidents on the roads.
He called for the implementation of the Road Traffic and Regulation, Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180, which is dedicated to prevent and reduce all avoidable road accidents in the country.
Also, he advised the public to complement the efforts of law enforcement agencies on the right standard of behavior on the 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, a situation that is contributing to the carnage on the roads.