Road safety campaigner, Kojo Aidoo-Appiah has called on government to step up it’s efforts in improving road safety in the country.
He expressed worry about the increasing spate of road crashes in the country in recent times, and called on government to use every necessary means to help curb the carnage. According to him, the highways in have become scary and unfriendly, as more and more travelers get killed through avoidable crashes. While asking drivers and stakeholders to do their part in reducing these crashes, the campaigner also asked government to review it’s commitment to road safety to help protect the travelling public.
He opined that government needs to create the needed check systems to arrest offending drivers on our roads, saying, the lack of these systems allow drivers to break the road traffic laws with impunity.
The road safety man therefore called for strict enforcement of the rules, calling on the police to ensure that those offenders are handed the right penalty to serve as a deterrent to would be offenders. Kojo Aidoo-appiah emphasized that although the road safety agencies like the NRSA, MTTD, DVLA, etc could be seen doing their best in educating and sensitizing the public, it is crucial that the laws are enforced to maintain law and order on our roads.
He welcomed the president’s recent message to drivers to obey traffic rules in order to save lives as timely, but the road safety man was of the view that it is also important that government plays it’s role adequately to help achieve this goal.
Mr.Aidoo-Appiah mentioned poor road infrastructure, non-existent signage on certain roads, faulty or resting vehicles left on the roads, wrongful packing, dysfunctional traffic lights, lack of adequate planning for other road users during road construction, lack of road maintenance, among others.
He reiterated the fact that road safety is a shared and collective responsibility, and called on all stakeholders including the churches, schools, groups, organizations, NGOs, associations, etc to sensitize their members on road safety, and ask them to maintain strict adherence to the traffic rules in order to save lives as the Christmas season approaches.