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Too many accidents on our roads: The way forward
From: Honourable Saka          Published On: February 22, 2013, 06:49 GMT
 
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Too many accidents on our roads: The way forward

An accident scene


“Germs don’t kill Africans; only cars do” -Anonymous.

If road crashes kill more people in Ghana than communicable diseases, isn't that a serious problem?

Quite often, when one bursts upon an accident scene anywhere in Africa, many are quick to push the blame on all manner of possible causes: some passengers often blame the poor drivers for over speeding and doing wrong overtaking, the drivers often cite the poor road networks as the major factor while government official tend to put the blame on the poor pedestrians for not being careful on the streets.

In fact there are many occasions where the blame is even shifted on some evil spirits elsewhere especially during the Christmas and Easter periods. Therefore most accidents which normally occur at Christ are often considered to be “the works of the devil”. The bottom line is that our people have always found somebody somewhere upon who the blame should be shifted at the end of the day.

Technically speaking, human errors, vehicle breakdowns, non-road worthy vehicles, poor road conditions and environmental factors like poor weather can be said to be the major causes of accidents everywhere in the world. The good news however is that, ALL THESE ERRORS CAN BE PREVENTED IF the authority in charge are serious on the need to combat road accidents.

Unfortunately the blame game has not helped us in any way since no effort is made to address the problem itself at the end of the day. Because of this, effort has been made to identify some of the major reasons why there are currently too many accidents on our roads.

In fact, some of my findings are quite disturbing and I hope the appropriate authority will act as soon as possible to help save lives. It is becoming increasingly clear that many of these drivers often use hand-held mobile phones while driving. Thus, their concentration often go onto the text massages they receive or send instead of paying attention on the road.


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