Ministry of Transport Cautions Drivers

The Ministry of Transport is cautioning all drivers to observe the road safety regulations in order to ensure an accident-free Easter break. The sector Minister, Dzifa Ativor has warned drivers not to misbehave when plying the country’s roads. She called on road users to comply with all the road safety regulations and therefore desist from the malpractices that have since contributed to the high rate of accidental incidents on roads in the nation. Speaking to Kwami Sefa-Kayi on Thursday morning, Mrs. Ativor revealed that the Ministry will today embark on a sensitization programme to educate drivers and passengers of the measures to undertake in order to make the roads accessibly safe. She cited some bad road practices as the use of mobile phones by drivers while driving, not resting after a 4-hour drive and inadequate checks on vehicles, and appealed to road users to refrain from such practices. She also admonished passengers to report drivers who do not conduct themselves well to the Police service. “Passengers are key because when the accident happens, it affects the people who are seated in the car. Passengers have the responsibility to check drivers when they are misbehaving, [I mean] not in an insulting manner but you can educate the driver…They have the right to report drivers who misbehave…When you see a driver speaking on phone. You have to check him because should accident happen, it’s going to affect you,” she said. The Ministry of Transport will on Thursday, March 28, 2013 launch a National Easter Road Safety Sensitization programme to enlighten road users about the road safety precautions. The Ministry is teaming up with the Ghana Police Service, Road Safety Commission and the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit to mete out punitive measures to drivers who deviate from the traffic regulations this Easter.