The Savannah Regional Road Safety Authority has officially launched its Christmas and New Year road safety campaign, centered around the theme “Stop Speeding, Stay Alive” on December 6, 2023.
The campaign aims to address the rising concern of speeding-related accidents in the region, with a primary focus on ensuring a safe and accident-free festive season.
The campaign kickoff took place in Damongo, the Savannah regional capital, at the Damongo GPRTU conference room. Drivers from various institutions gathered to participate in the event, which featured discussions on the alarming statistics associated with speeding-related accidents.
Mr. Safianu Abdul-Rahman, the Savannah Regional Road Safety Director, highlighted that research indicates that a staggering 60% of pedestrian accidents are a result of speeding.
“This year, we have identified speeding as the leading cause of road crashes in the Savannah Region. Our primary focus is on combating this issue to make our roads safer,” stated by Mr. Safianu Abdul-Rahman.
He emphasized the urgency of the matter by revealing that, as of last year, nine pedestrians were fatally struck, resulting in four tragic losses of life.
The director underscored the campaign’s main objective: ensuring an accident-free Christmas and New Year festive season.
Recognizing that this period often witnesses a surge in road accidents, he stressed the importance of addressing speeding to prevent further casualties.
The program brought together drivers from diverse institutions, providing them with essential education on road safety measures.
Participants were thoroughly briefed on defensive and safety driving techniques to enhance their ability to navigate the roads safely, protecting both their lives and the well-being of passengers.
Expressing satisfaction with the training program, some attending drivers spoke about its significance in their profession. They acknowledged that the education shed light on certain illegal practices among drivers and urged regulatory bodies, especially those overseeing car insurance policy renewals, to reinforce their efforts.
The drivers appealed for enhanced coordination between drivers and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to ensure a harmonious and safe driving environment.
As the Savannah Region enters the festive season, the Road Safety Authority remains steadfast in its commitment to promoting responsible driving habits and reducing the prevalence of speeding-related accidents, echoing the campaign’s mantra: “Stop Speeding, Stay Alive.” The collaborative efforts of drivers, regulatory authorities, and the community are crucial in making the roads safer for everyone during this joyous season.
Source: Gogu Edwin/padfm.com.gh/ 0555588660