The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) as its mandate to reduce the incidence of road traffic crashes, fatalities, injuries through the promotion of road safety in collaboration with Vivo Energy Ghana has launched a ‘Stop, Think and Drive’ campaign with the theme: Driving Ghana Safe, a collective responsibility aimed at curbing road carnage.
The Director-General of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Ing May Obiri Yeboah speaking at the program called on drivers to adhere to new directives outlined by the authority to regulate the operations of transport operators in the country to prevent road accidents.
According to her, the authority has directed all transport operators and unions to have two drivers in long-distance buses, with each driver having a logbook to keep records of every trip which will also help the authority monitor them on the stretch.
Again, drivers are to undergo mandatory training in defensive driving once a year.
On his part, the Managing Director of Vivo Energy Ghana, Ben Hassan Ouattara, said the ‘Stop, Think and Drive’ campaign has the objective of improving road safety consciousness among high-risk commercial drivers and motorcycle riders and providing enhanced and safer transport services to commuters.
He said over 30 defensive driving training sessions will be held for commercial drivers and motorcycle riders across the golden triangle of Ghana i.e., Greater Accra, Greater Kumasi, and Western region respectively.
In his view, the training will increase risk awareness of drivers and riders and promote attitudinal change towards driving as well as increasing the competence of beneficiary drivers and reduce carnage on our roads.
Some drivers and riders who spoke to Original FM’s Akosua Kumiwaa expressed excitement over the training and thanked the organizers for such a program pledging to comply with the rules of the campaign.
By: Joyce Kumi | Originalfmonline.com | Ghana