All drivers in Ghana, whether commercial or private, must respect road safety regulations in order to curb road accidents, Samuel Ayeh Paye, Member of Parliament for Ayensuano and Chairman of the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, has said.
According to him, every driver who has obtained a licence has been taken through basic lessons on road safety regulations, therefore, these regulations must be adhered to.
Mr Paye noted, while speaking on Ghana Yensom on Accra 100.5FM hosted by Chief Jerry Forson on Wednesday, 13 June that wrong overtaking, speeding, drink-driving, failure to wear seat belt, speaking on phone while driving, amongst others, could all lead to accidents.
His comments come in the wake of the ghastly crash involving two huge buses at Mankron near Suhum on the Accra-Kumasi Highway early Wednesday which killed at least ten people. Several other passengers on both buses also sustained injuries.
First responders from the Ghana Police Service, National Disaster Management Organisation (NADMO), and Ghana National Fire Service rushed to the scene to salvage the situation.
One bus has registration number GN 6600 – 17 and the other GS 835 – 16. The injured have been rushed to the Suhum Government Hospital for treatment while the dead have been ferried to the morgue.
Mr Ayeh Paye told show host Forson that: “It is sad that this has happened at a time we are all embarking on road safety advocacy. We can only plead with the drivers to respect the road safety laws in order to protect the lives of Ghanaians.
He added: “A driver is one who respects the road safety regulations and applies all of them. Every driver who has obtained a licence knows that you don’t overtake while climbing a hill, it is basic knowledge yet people do that; others also over speed for no reason.”