The Upper East Regional Head of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Laari Zachariah, has called on drivers and riders of motorbikes to practice defensive driving and riding by being observant of road signs, other vehicles, and pedestrians to save lives.
Defensive driving is the practice where drivers and riders consciously reduce the dangers associated with driving, such as collisions and other incidents that have the tendency to threaten lives.
Mr. Zachariah indicated that road safety is a shared responsibility that demands a collective effort from pedestrians, drivers, and all road users to reduce road crashes.
He noted that “before one step out of your house, you are either a driver, a rider, a pedestrian, or a passenger. At every point in time, you are one of these categories of people, and you have a role to play in reducing road accidents”.
He revealed this when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio`s Daybreak Upper East show on road safety.
Mr. Zachariah disclosed that the region recorded a total of 35 deaths and 86 injuries from 85 road crashes in the first half of 2023.
He added that a total of 72 motorcycles were involved in road crashes between the same periods of the year, with the youth highly represented.
Mr. Osei Kwarteng, a Principal Transport Assistant with the Authority, indicated that almost 95 percent of these crashes occurred due to human errors, largely as a result of the failure by drivers and riders to practice defensive driving and riding while on the road.
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