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General News of Sunday, 2 April 2017

Source: classfmonline.com

Akufo-Addo urges accident-free Easter

Drivers should adhere to road regulations to ensure that the accidents on the country’s highways is reduced to its minimum this Easter, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has said.

Motor accidents have been seen to rise during festive periods such as Easter and Christmas, as several people travel to their hometowns and other far-off places to visit their families and for fun.

Speaking on Saturday April 1, 2017 in Kumasi to commercial drivers in the metropolis on the second day of his three-day Ashanti regional tour, Mr Akufo-Addo said there was the need for road users to observe regulations while government plays its part by putting in the necessary checks including registration and licensing of drivers and vehicles.

“We must sit down and take a look at all the regulations in the transport sector. We’re going to do that with you to make sure that there is proper licensing and a proper registration system in place that will protect all of us. So I’m giving you that assurance.

“Also, this Easter, we should make it a matter of concern that this year, the accidents on our roads during the Easter period, we’ll bring them down. Everyone should decide that we are going to observe the rules on the road and make this Easter the best in terms of casualties and accidents on our roads this year. This is my biggest wish I put before you. Help me realise it.”

Ghana recorded 11, 378 accidents involving 17,746 vehicles from January to November, 2016, producing 12,154 casualties, according to the Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), May Obiri Yeboah.