‘It is crazy’; Road safety expert hits at gov’t for rising road carnage

Road Safety Expert, Nana Annoh-Amihere, has described as lackluster the attitude of the current administration and previous governments for failing to tackle road accidents in the country.

He blames the lack of commitment by the government to ensuring a robust road safety framework to check the rising fatal road accidents on Ghana’s roads.

Nana Annoh-Amihere believes if donor countries were providing funds to tackle the menace, like they do for HIV/AIDs and other health problems, the Presidency, for instance, would have hurriedly established a special agency to supervise it.

However, because there is no money to be made from ensuring the safety of road users authorities look on unconcerned.

“How many people are dying out of HIV? I don’t think we have 500 Ghanaians dying every year out of HIV yet they will look away seeing thousands of people being maimed on our roads because of unsafe behaviour [of drivers] and unsafe road conditions,” Mr. Annoh-Amihere laments.

He was speaking Monday on Multi TV’s news analysis programme, PM Express.

National Road Safety Commission statistics show that some 1,034 people died from 6,205 road crashes from January to June this year.

Also, 5,302 people were injured from road accidents within the same period. These statistics represent a rise of 11.34% on 2015 figures.

The Greater Accra Region recorded the highest number of deaths from road crashes in the first half of 2016 with 227, with Brong Ahafo recording 179; Eastern, 146, and Ashanti, 127.

Commenting on the stark figures on PM Express, Nana Annoh-Amihere said it is an indictment on any President to govern a country that records such avoidable road carnage figures.

“Five or six months ago we nearly lost [President John Mahama’s] brother. That would have been big news if the President had lost his brother on the road.

“That one I think it will shake some people to think. But because innocent people are being killed it doesn’t shake anybody,” he lamented.

The road safety advocate wants the system to work, suggesting that public officials – such as Municipal and Metropolitan Chief Executives – who abuse the use of the siren in order to beat traffic be arrested and jailed.

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