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General News of Monday, 25 March 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

Enforce speed limit laws to reduce accident fatalities – STC boss

The Managing Director of the State Transport Company (STC), Nana Akomea believes the strict enforcement of laws on speed limits will help reduce accident facilities in the country.

Speaking on the Citi Breakfast Show on Monday, he said if drivers and road users are made to understand the need to respect speed limits, less accident would occur and even if accidents occur it would have less casualty.

“The major problem on the highways is over speeding. It has been identified in every report that it is over speeding. The highways limit for speeding is 100km per hour. The reason why it is 100km per hour is that the frames of the vehicles have been designed to withstand an impact at around 100km per hour but if you go beyond 100km per hour and there is an accident, the frames would crumble and the force would be transferred to the passenger,” he said.

According to Akomea, the lack of respect for the speed limit is because law enforcement is not taken seriously in the country.

“When you go on the highway you see the sign that says 100km, this is not being enforced. One simple way of enforcing this is to have a requirement that ensures commercial vehicles on the highways to install speed alarm, which would enable a speed governor to disable the accelerator if you want to do more than a 100km per hours,” he suggested.

At least 70 people were killed in two separate road crashes that occurred in the country last week.

One of the accidents occurred on the Kintamapo-Techiman highway, leaving more than 60 people dead and the other occurred on the Accra-Cape Coast road where about 10 passengers perished.

The two incidents have brought to the fore again, concerns about the safety of Ghana’s roads especially intercity highways, some of which are notorious for fatal crashes.