A National Road Safety Policy is to be developed to serve as a guide to all road interventions in the country.
In that regard, each of the ten regions will develop its own Road Safety guide lines which will be incorporated in the NRSP.
The Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Mr. Noble John Appiah disclosed this in Bolgatanga in a meeting with the Regional Road Safety Commission.
A four year National Road Safety Strategy drawn in 2006 is the only National document on road interventions. The NRSP when in place will become the source of authority for all stakeholders who have a role to play in ensuring that road accidents are reduced to the berets minimum.
Mr. Appiah said 42% and 29% of people who died in road accidents are pedestrians and vehicle occupants respectively. Also 70% of people involved in accidents were men. Hence, he advised members of the committee to become advocates of road campaign.
Citing a UN report, Mr Appiah said road accidents were the 9th cause of death globally. Roads accidents, in the next four years, he added, would be the 3rd cause of death, if concrete measures were not taken to reduce it.
He regretted that even though road accidents were claiming precious lives in the country, much attention had not been paid to it.
The Regional Co-ordinator of the Road Safety Commission, Mr Alex Ayeta enumerated a number of problems the commission was facing in the region.
They include; domestic animals that cross the streets, lack of a parking lot for haulage truck that passed the region to neighboring countries and the non-functioning of the two traffic lights in the Bolga municipality.
He, however, added that the municipal assembly was sourcing funds to develop a land it had acquired for the construction of a parking lot. He appealed to the private sector to join the assembly in finding solution to the numerous road accidents that occur in the region.
Source: ISD (Jotie N. Sule, Bolga)