Upper East records zero road crashes during Christmas festivities

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By Anthony Apubeo, GNA

Bolgatanga, Jan.

6, GNA - The Upper EastRegion has recorded zero road crashes during the Christmas and New Yearcelebrations, Superintended Williams Kpormegbe, the Regional Commander, MotorTraffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, hasannounced.

During same period in 2018, the region sawfive road crashes, which left five people hurt.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agencyin Bolgatanga, on Monday, the Regional Commander explained that this was asignificant achievement and pledged to continue to work hard to keep the roadssafe.

He indicated that the road safety campaigninitiatives implemented by his outfit in collaboration with other road safetyagencies including; the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) and the Driverand Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) contributed immensely to the success.

He said the agencies worked together to takeroad safety campaign to the doorsteps of road users including; driversespecially commercial drivers, transport operators and the passengers beforeand during the Christmas period.

Supt Kpormegbe disclosed that personnel fromhis outfit were still at post in various communities to provide security andsafety and employed the public to give them maximum cooperation to deliver ontheir mandate.

Mr Dennis Yeribu, the Upper East RegionalHead of the NRSA commended the stakeholders including; the MTTD and the DVLAfor intensifying education through their outreach programmes and in-trafficsensitisation exercise.

He said the NRSA in collaboration with otherstakeholders also trained 200 commercial drivers across the region, coveringpre-departure education for both drivers and passengers.

Though the youth were exuberant in terms ofriding of motorbikes, it was good to know that no accident was recordedthroughout the celebration, he said.

The Regional Head disclosed that theauthority was concerned about this year, 2020, as it was an election year andso the management of the authority was working with various political partiesto deal with road safety concerns.

"We are wary of the year being an electionone with the possibility of political activities being heightened in lieu ofroad safety concerns, so we have already contacted and shall be working withthe political leadership.

We want to also enhance education of the populacetaking advantage of technology and other social platforms," Mr Yeribu stated.

GNA

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