The Governing Board of the National Road Safety Authority has applauded its management and staff for achieving phenomenal year-to-date reductions in road crashes, injuries, and deaths (CIDs) in Ghana
In a letter signed by Board Chairman Jermaine Nkrumah the board noted that “in all seven (7) months, compared with last year, there were some reductions, while some traditional hot spots recorded an improved outlook.”
From January through July this year, the letter noted that provisional data indicates that crashes have reduced compared to same period last year by 6.84%, injuries by 0.87%, and deaths by 15.42%
Data available further indicates that through the first three quarters of last year, crashes were up by 12.61% compared to same time in 2020, injuries were also up by 6.32%, and deaths were up by 16.37%.
In an interview with DNT, Nkrumah credited the leadership and staff with carrying out their work with a sharper focus on results than on processes.
He noted that this year the Acting Director General Ing. David Adonteng has executed the Stay Alive program with more clarity including “retail-style engagement with stakeholders in the commercial transport sector” where the bulk of the reductions have occurred.
Nkrumah acknowledged that much more work needs to be done to save the last road traveler, but added that “celebrating successes is also critical to serve as motivation to the men and women who serve in the trenches to achieve the positive results.”
Nkrumah hinted that the Authority will hold a Road Safety Awards after the end of the year to recognize exemplary performances among both the public and private sector stakeholders.
He also hinted on several tech-based initiatives including Trafic Tek and Public Eye Enforcement Program (PEEP) that promise to revolutionalize traffic enforcement in Ghana to further reduce CIDs.
Gifty Okoampah, DNT News, Accra