No road crashes in Eastern Region during Mills’ funeral

Mr Sebastian Akyeampong,Volta Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Monday commended road users in the region for observing “rules of engagement” on the road during the funeral of President John Evans Atta Mills.

“The Region recorded minimal or no road crashes and I think we have to commend motorists and pedestrians for good behaviour on the road,” he said.

This was confirmed by Mr Alex Bedie, Volta Regional Police Commander, who told the GNA that no accident was recorded in the Region during the period of mournings.

Mr Akyeampong said the “good news” was an indication that the education and pieces of advice the NRSC was giving to road users were yielding results.

He also commended other stakeholders especially personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) for their vigilance over the period.

The three days’ event witnessed drivers and motor cycle riders engaged in breath-taking displays in major towns in the region as part of the funeral of President Mills.

Mr Akyeampong appealed to motorists to continue to be “peaceful and very professional” by avoiding over-speeding and dangerous overtaking ahead of the December polls.

He appealed to commercial drivers and political activists against overloading of vehicles for outreach and political events.

Statistics indicate that 2,330 people died through road crashes in the country in 2011.

The Volta Region recorded 724 accidents that claimed 177 lives, the third lowest in the country.

Mr Akyeampong told the GNA that rural areas in the Region record the most serious road crashes due to activities of commercial motorcycle riders who “create conflicts on the roads.”

Source: GNA

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