A road safety campaign, organised by the Kintampo Division of the Ghana Police Service, in collaboration with the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) of Kintampo, has called on drivers to drive with care during this festive season.
The campaign was under the theme ‘’Ghana Needs You Alive Before, During and After Christmas.”
It brought together agencies which included the Forestry Commission, Health Service, Ambulance Service, Fire Service, Vehicle Examination and Licensing Division (VELD), NASPA, Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU), City Guards, Community Police, journalists, and Ghana Road Safety Commission.
The agencies walked through the principal streets of the municipality to create awareness on road safety issues.
Leaflets and posters distributed to the divers and market women had inscriptions including ‘Stop for Pedestrians’, ‘Pedestrians have the right of way even when they are wrong’, ‘Be Alert’, ‘Look-out for pedestrians’ ‘Pedestrians Safety is your Responsibility’, ‘Ghana Needs You Alive’, ‘Environment Free Accident Next Year’, and ‘Drive for Zero Accident’ among others.
The Kintampo Municipal Divisional Police Commander, ACP Joseph Antei Gyawu, appealed to drivers to rest after driving for every five hours, renew their licenses, avoid over-loading of vehicles, and ensure regular maintenance of their vehicles among others.
Mr. Kafui Aheto Fredrick, NASPA President for the Kintampo Municipality, said, this year, the Ghana Police Service Kintampo Division, in collaboration with the National Service Personnel Association (NASPA) – Kintampo Municipality, are working to educate drivers to reduce road accidents, especially during the festive season.
He said: “Road accidents are on the increase, but Ghana needs you alive. Careless driving saves none; make this a driving tool.”
The Kintampo Municipal Director of the DVLA, Mr. Frank Nyarko, urged drivers to adhere to roads signs and warned against people under 18 years riding tricycles.
The Kintampo Municipal Chief Executive, Mr. Sarkodie Baffoe, encouraged the people to contribute to the development of the municipality, and urged them to vote yes for the creation of the Bono East Region on 27th December this year.