Road safety stakeholders must renew commitment – NRSC

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has learnt with deep regret the news of the tragic motor accident, which occurred on the Techiman-Kintampo road, which claimed 27 lives including five children less than 10 years.

“This tragic crash is a wake up call on stakeholders involved in the reduction and prevention of road traffic crashes (RTC) to be responsive,” a statement signed by Kwame Koduah Atuahene, Communications Manager of NRSC said.

It said only three weeks ago, the Minister of Transport, Alhaji Collins Dauda on behalf of the Vice President launched the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety and the Third National Road Safety Strategy (NRSS III) (2011-2020).

“The NRSC wishes to emphasise the call by the President John Evans Atta Mills in his foreword to the NRSS III; “on all Ministries, Departments and Agencies as well as Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to be involved by acting on the requirements in the strategy and showing a clear responsiveness to local concerns.”

The statement said preliminary investigations suggested that roads, vehicles and human factors were contributory factors.

“Every road traffic crash is preventable provided stakeholders in the road safety sector will renew their commitment to implement the existing strategy.

“This is not the time for the usual blame game and excuses but the time to act on our collective responsibility towards road safety.  It behoves us to sit up and join in the fight against RTCs.

The NRSC sympathises with the bereaved families and will not relent in its efforts to ensure a safer road transportation system,” the statement said.

Source: GNA

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