Police cautions passengers not to patronize rickety vehicles

The Central Regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Stephen Andoh Kwofie on Tuesday  cautioned  passengers to take safety measures  for  their lives  by not patronizing  vehicles that are not roadworthy.

He  also cautioned  passengers to be wary  of drivers who over speed, overtake unnecessarily, talk on phone and change CD’s whiles driving, saying that the  attitude of such drivers should be  reported to the appropriate authorities.

“The driver who reaches his  destination safely is better than one who reaches fastest”, he said.

DCOP Andoh- kwofie, who is also the Central Regional Chairman of the National Road Safety Commission  (NRSC)  made the   call at a stakeholders’ meeting organized by the Central Regional branch of the  Commission in Cape Coast to  discuss roadsafety issues and the way forward  in this year’s election.

The Regional Commander expressed concern about the increase in the  number of motor accident cases recorded in the region last year adding that 1,120 cases were recorded last year as against 1,090 in 2010.

Mr. Stephen Anokye, Regional Manager of NRSC,  said the commission was putting in place a number of road safety  measures to deal with the heavy vehicular activities that would occur  during the electioneering  campaigns.

He said the commission would intensify  its  sensitization programmes at the regional, district and community  levels by  involving the  Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Assemblies (MMDA’s), chiefs and religious leaders in the promotion of road  safety issues and  that plans were far advanced to  meet the  heads of political parties to ensure an incidence-free campaign.

Mr Anokye said the commission   would also coordinate with the Red Cross Society and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) as well as with the Rotary Club and other corporate institutions to source funds for the activities of the Commission.

He said the commission would also organize educational programmes for pedestrians and motor riders, operators of driving schools as well as visit schools to create the necessary awareness.

The regional manager announced that  in February this year the Commission  would  embark on a regional road safety walk Road dubbed  “Safety At Your Door Step”’ which would involve all political  party leaders and their supporters in the  distribution of flyers to households and market women on road safety issues.

Source: GNA

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