NRSC may exceed its 2014 accident estimates (Nov 17, 2014)

The National Road Safety Commission says road fatalities this year may exceed its projected target.

The Commission had estimated 1730 deaths from road accidents this year but the Executive Director of the Commission, Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, told the Daily Graphic that the high accident figures recorded by September this year meant the target may not be achieved.

“There is three months to go and it is likely that we may have more than the target. This means we have to do a lot more to ensure that within this quarter, we don’t go beyond 2000,” she said.
The accident figures.

According to the NRSC figures, by September there had been 10,061 crashes involving 15,600 vehicles. The casualties recorded during the period were 1441 deaths and 8,802 injuries.

The accident figures means averagely about 58 vehicles are involved in averagely 37 crashes resulting in the death of about six people and the injury of averagely 33 people daily in 2014.

The statistics reflects reduction of nearly five per cent in the reported cases, a four per cent reduction in the number of vehicles involved, about 6 per cent reduction in deaths and nearly 10 per cent in injuries during the same period last year.

To reduce the road carnage in the last quarter of the year, the commission recently launched a road safety campaign themed “BOSS”.

The campaign lays emphasis on passenger empowerment.

The BOSS campaign

‘BOSS’ is an acronym. The letter B stands for become - every passenger is expected to become responsible and concerned about safety.

The O is for observe - passengers are urged to observe the driver and the vehicle carefully and ascertain that the vehicle is in good condition before boarding it.

Also in observing, passengers are required to look out for safety symbols and signs, including emergency exits and fire extinguishers.

The first S means speak up - passengers are to speak up or complain about any safety measure that a driver or traveller may disregard.

The last S in the acronym typifies saving lives - passengers are required to educate others.
According to the NRSC boss, passengers must dictate the terms of their safety by ensuring that drivers did the right thing.

“Your life is important. You can’t just keep quiet and hope when the driver is doing the wrong thing like making a phone call when driving, for instance.”

Pedestrian knock downs across the cities have also been on the increase with the Tetteh Quarshie-Pantang and the George W. Bush roads having the worst records.

In that regard, Mrs Obiri-Yeboah observed that the pedestrian situation was so because of inadequate safety facilities—walkways and crossing points—within the road environment and an abuse of the available facilities by hawkers and encroachers.

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