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The government has completed and fully equipped eight Accident Response Centres (ARC) along major highways throughout the country.


The idea is to enhance the capacity for road traffic accident responses along identified sections of the highways and to provide speedy evacuation of road traffic victims.


The enforcement is intended to check indiscipline on the roads that led to 2,341 persons being killed and 13,677 persons injured.


The centers are at the Asuboi, Bunso Junction, Asankare Police Barrier and Juaso on the Accra-Kumasi Highway. Others are Tojeh (near Kesseh) and Nagokpo on the Accra- Aflao Highway, Okyereko and Apam Junction on the Accra-Takoradi Highway.


The Minister for Transport, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, announced this during his turn at the meet-the-press-series in Accra, explaining that government is reviewing the road traffic regulations to address some implementation challenges as well as incorporate innovations in the management of road transport services.


The Minister mentioned that Road Crossing Aids are being installed at 850 selected basic schools across the country and training to assist school children to cross roads safety had commenced.


To reduce the spate of road accidents in the country, he said the government had supported the National Road Safety Commission with GH₵6.5million to address road safety issues and also to tackle the major factors that contribute to road accidents in the country.


The Minister added that the Road Transport Services Sub- Sector would scale up road safety education and sensitization in public schools and would embark on road safety education campaigns for about 10,000 school children annually.


Mr. Ofori Asiamah disclosed that approval had been granted for the NRSC to be converted into an Authority with enhanced powers to ensure compliance to road safety measures, procedures, and policies. The draft bill is currently with the Attorney Generals’ office.


He announced that the draft amendment proposals on the Road Traffic Regulations (LI2189) has been received and reviewed by the Committee to be subjected to stakeholder consultations.


On the removal of the tree stamps in the Volta Lake and the Oti River at Dambai, he said removal of tree stumps along the navigational route in the Oti River at Dambai and that of the Volta Lake had been completed to ensure safe transportation on the Volta Lake.


Government is doing its best to complete work on the Keta and Jamestown Ports, Mr. Kwaku Ofori Asiamah said, adding that “it will help create business in the regions and also create jobs to empower the youth.”


A total of 72 female bus drivers have also been trained for bus operations.


Source: ISD (Christiana Yeboah Gyampo)