Road safety is a prime and shared responsibility of all, Mr Emmanuel T. K. Narh, Brong-Ahafo Regional Manager of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), has reiterated in Sunyani.
He said pedestrians, passengers and motorists have respective roles to play, and therefore urged passengers to exercise their rights of caution whenever drivers do anything contrary to defensive driving.
Mr Narh who was speaking to the Ghana News Agency (GNA), as part of his Good-Friday and Easter message to residents of Brong-Ahafo in particular, stressed however that, the caution must be done politely by passengers.
That is to ensure passengers’ own safety should a driver do something different from the expected qualities of a defensive driver, the Brong-Ahafo DVLA Manager added.
He urged passengers to monitor and assess performance of the system of vehicle control of drivers, adding that would contribute immensely to prevent road crashes that resulted particularly from human error.
The Brong-Ahafo DVLA Manager urged major road safety stakeholders to empower passengers to have a say in drivers’ attitudes behind the steering wheel in the course of system of vehicle control.
This is because it is a contractual agreement that passengers enter into with drivers or transport companies, for a direct reward which is the approved and prescribed fares paid to enable drivers to take them from various terminals safely to their various destinations without any adversities, he explained.
Mr Narh, who is also a Trainer of Technician Engineers of DVLA, said that was very significant, especially during the Good-Friday and Easter period that is technically classified as ‘rush period’ like other festive occasions.
He noted such rush periods came along with several activities involving carting of goods and services, as well as an increase in vehicular and human population on the roads.
Mr Narh cautioned pedestrians to be vigilant by taking precautionary measures so that outdoor activities like picnics would not interfere with vehicular traffic, saying that possibly permission must be sought from the Police for protection from the flow of vehicular traffic.
He entreated motorists to be circumspect in their skills and judgment of systems of vehicle control.
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