Be cautious, it’s rainy rainy season: NRSC warns



THE National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) says drivers need to exercise extreme caution and be alert as the country enters the rainy season to prevent avoidable road carnage.

“The rainy season is often characterised by hazy weather conditions affecting visibility, bad road networks and overflowing gutters and drainages which render some roads unmotorable due to debris and flooding,” the commission said in a statement.

The situation, it said, affected driving and might increase the risk for road traffic crashes.

The commission’s concerns come on the back of the Ghana Meteorological Agency’s predictions of more rains and floods in the coming weeks.

The commission, therefore, urged drivers, vehicle owners, transport operators and managers to ensure that their vehicles were in good working condition.

“Your vehicles must have good headlights, reflectors, tyres and wipers. Drivers on the other hand must exercise a lot of care and proper judgement.”

“Drivers should avoid flooded roads where possible or adapt driving to below posted speed limits in order to minimise the risk associated with driving in this condition,” it said.

It also called on passengers to assume frontline road safety roles by speaking up against any form of driver recklessness that could endanger their lives.
“We trust that we will all observe this caution so that we can all arrive at our destinations alive,” it said.

Figures
It is estimated that six people are killed every day on the country’s roads and almost 2,000 die annually due to road crashes.
Majority of those who die from these crashes are between the ages of 18 and 45 years with about 75 per cent of them being males.

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