|Political Parties Sign Road Safety Pledge|
|Friday, 22 June 2012 10:40|
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has engaged political parties in pledging their support to ensuring road safety during the December elections.The engagement took place in Accra, yesterday, on the theme ‘Road Safety - My Responsibility Towards a Peaceful and Crash-Free Election’. In all, four political parties, including the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Great Consolidated People’s Party (GCPP), United Renaissance Party (URP) and Convention People’s Party (CPP) signed the Road Safety Pledge.
Speaking at the meeting, Ing. David Osafo Adonteng, Director, Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of NRSC, said it had come to NRSC’s notice that accidents had always been on the increase during elections, hence the need for more education for political parties on road safety.
Mr Adonteng attributed the trend to driving tired, high speeding, increased travels and over loading. Ing. Adonteng, therefore, called for revised traffic regulations, the development of operational standards for commercial transport operators and the placing of maximum speed limiters for roads and vehicles by using speed cameras.
Ing. Mrs Mary Obiri-Yeboah, Director, Planning and Programmes of the NRSC, in a statement, noted that passengers of political party vehicles should avoid riding in open pick-ups and trucks during elections and that both riders and pillion riders should wear crash helmets while riders of motorcycles should not carry more than one person on the motorcycle and should avoid racing and unnecessary hooting.
Ing. Mrs Obiri-Yeboah urged political parties to include road safety measures in their manifestos.
Source: ISD (Beatrice Andzie & Abigail Addo)