Pay attention to supernatural causes of road crashes – GPRTU

Alhaji Slyvester Tetteh, Greater Accra Regional Chairman of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) has urged stakeholders in the road transport sector not to disbelieve the possibility of supernatural occurrences being one of the causes of the upsurge in road crashes in the country.

“We should not ignore the spiritual angle of road crashes. Some of these crashes occurred because drivers of such vehicles lost their composure when they come across unusual sights on the road,” he told the Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra on Friday.

“Let me tell you, spiritual occurrences whether good or bad have effects on our daily lives and we discount it at our own peril.”

Alhaji Tetteh said personal experiences and those shared by other drivers confirmed that some of the most gruesome crashes were caused neither because of the bad nature of roads, inexperience on the part of drivers nor over-speeding, but because of “spirits or angels that manifest themselves in various forms on the roads thus confounding the drivers”.

The GPRTU Chairman further contended that, “We have sighted various apparitions on the roads, some frightening and others confusing, but depending on the spiritual consciousness of whoever is driving or his level of composure when such sights are seen make the difference between life and death.”

He said even though some people may disbelieve this aspect of the road accident issue, it was real and would continue to happen.

Alhaji Tetteh recounted that just last week, he and some members of the Union were returning from Kumasi to Accra and as they approached Osino, a ram suddenly appeared on the road. However, because both their driver and the driver of an oncoming Metro Mass Transit bus were composed, an unsavoury incident was avoided, he indicated.

“Do you know where that animal came from? Some are just dubious spirits parading in broad daylight to claim the blood of innocent people. Can you imagine what would have happened if the drivers of both vehicles lost control in their attempt to prevent hitting the animal?

“Obviously, I might not have been here talking to you,” he said.

Alhaji Tetteh said that it was time drivers protected themselves against the destructive nature of those bad spirits by seeking divine protection.

“We have to do this fast as December approaches because the spirits demand more blood during that period. We don’t have to wait till that month before seeking protection……We have to do it now,” he stressed.

He said people who said those spirits did not exist did not understand the world, citing a quotation from the holy book that “We wrestle not against flesh and blood but against principalities and powers.”

All the same, the GPRTU Regional Chairman charged stakeholders in the sector to ensure that road traffic laws and regulations were strictly adhered to and enforced to curb the escalation of crashes.

He called on the various transport unions to continually educate
their drivers and impress upon them of the need to upgrade their skills to make the transport sector safand viable.

“Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and we must observe it as such,” he said.

Source: GNA

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