The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has approved an action plan compiled by the ministers of Interior, Transport and Roads to deal with the upsurge of road accidents in the country, a release from the Information Ministry has said.
The three-pronged approach involves Education, Enforcement and Engineering, said the release issued in Accra on Monday, April 16 by a Deputy Information Minister, Perry Okudzeto.
The ‘Education’ approach plans to “resource the National Road Safety Commission to scale up public education and sensitisation on road safety with an additional GHC 6.5 million from the Road Fund”.
At least 18 people died in separate accidents in the Northern Region over the weekend, however, reports indicate a gory accident on Monday has claimed 10 more lives.
The Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police service has revealed in a report that an average of six people die in road accidents every day in Ghana.
Head of Education, Research and Training at the MTTD, DSP Mr Alexander Obeng who made the revelation on Monday blamed irresponsible driving for the situation.
The second approach to deal with road accidents, as stated in the action plan, involves:“a. Enforcement of Road Traffic Laws by the Police through spot fines by automation of MTTD operations. b. Partner with private towing companies and Nationwide Traffic Management and Enforcement Limited (NTMEL) to vigorously enforce regulations.”
Government plans to resource the Ghana Highway Authority and allied agencies “with at least GHC335 million a year to provide signage and road markings for roads over a three-year period.”
The police and the Road Safety Commission and other sector agencies have been asked to start enforcing the action plan with immediate effect.