NRSC rolls out safety campaign (May 18, 2016)

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is rolling out a programme to reduce the casualties that come with election campaigns.

The project, which starts at the regional level next month, will have NRSC officials engage the parties on how to run their campaigns safe and devoid of road accidents. 

“We would want them to commit themselves to the fact that if they protect their supporters, they’ll get votes but if they don’t, they’ll lose them and that goes to affect the final election result because every vote counts,” the Commission’s Director of Planning at the NRSC, Mr David Adonteng, told the Daily Graphic.

Political party road safety officer
The Commission plans to play an active role in ensuring that the carnage on the country’s roads is reduced first by ensuring that each political party appoints a road safety officer for its campaign team.

As part of the road safety campaign, commercials will be run in the electronic media and outreach programmes organised to draw the voting public’s attention to the need to be safety-minded before, during and after the election. 

The road-safety officer would be in charge of road safety advocacy and educate party supporters on the dangers.

The Commission has also developed a code of ethics on campaigning and road safety for the parties to use as a guide.

“On every platform, as they deliver their campaign messages, we also encourage them to add road safety to the messages,” Mr Adonteng said.

Causes   
According to the Commission’s statistics, road accidents are higher in election years, when political party leaders criss-cross the country to canvass for votes.  

During this period, party supporters ignore traffic regulations, especially those who ride motorbikes.
Party supporters sit dangerously in the bucket of pickups and heavy goods vehicles while drivers speed beyond the acceptable limit with other involved in drink-driving, which in now high.

NRSC and political campaigns 
Mr Adonteng said the election year safety campaign, which started in 2008 and continued in the last election, would be prosecuted this year too. 

“We are circulating the code of ethics and following it up with engagement with the political leadership. Our regional officers are already on the ground engaging them at the regional level right down to the constituency level.”

“We are hopeful that they will buy into the idea to help us protect human life. From June, our regions are rolling out  and we are up scaling it at the national level in July,” he said. 

Mr Adonteng said the NRSC would be part of the campaign process of the political parties, adding, “Wherever they mount platforms, we will be there and contribute our bit on road safety.

“In the long run, it is the electorate that must take responsibility for their safety. But it is a responsibility that all of us have to share.
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) is rolling out a programme to reduce the casualties that come with election campaigns.
The project, which starts at the regional level next month, will have NRSC officials engage the parties on how to run their campaigns safe and devoid of road accidents.
“We would want them to commit themselves to the fact that if they protect their supporters, they’ll get votes but if they don’t, they’ll lose them and that goes to affect the final election result because every vote counts,” the Commission’s Director of Planning at the NRSC, Mr David Adonteng, told the Daily Graphic.
Political party road safety officer
The Commission plans to play an active role in ensuring that the carnage on the country’s roads is reduced first by ensuring that each political party appoints a road safety officer for its campaign team.
As part of the road safety campaign, commercials will be run in the electronic media and outreach programmes organised to draw the voting public’s attention to the need to be safety-minded before, during and after the election.
The road-safety officer would be in charge of road safety advocacy and educate party supporters on the dangers.
The Commission has also developed a code of ethics on campaigning and road safety for the parties to use as a guide.
“On every platform, as they deliver their campaign messages, we also encourage them to add road safety to the messages,” Mr Adonteng said.
Causes  
According to the Commission’s statistics, road accidents are higher in election years, when political party leaders criss-cross the country to canvass for votes.
During this period, party supporters ignore traffic regulations, especially those who ride motorbikes.
Party supporters sit dangerously in the bucket of pickups and heavy goods vehicles while drivers speed beyond the acceptable limit with other involved in drink-driving, which in now high.
NRSC and political campaigns
Mr Adonteng said the election year safety campaign, which started in 2008 and continued in the last election, would be prosecuted this year too.
“We are circulating the code of ethics and following it up with engagement with the political leadership. Our regional officers are already on the ground engaging them at the regional level right down to the constituency level.”
“We are hopeful that they will buy into the idea to help us protect human life. From June, our regions are rolling out  and we are up scaling it at the national level in July,” he said.
Mr Adonteng said the NRSC would be part of the campaign process of the political parties, adding, “Wherever they mount platforms, we will be there and contribute our bit on road safety.
“In the long run, it is the electorate that must take responsibility for their safety. But it is a responsibility that all of us have to share.
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