From Thomas Agbeyengah Adzey .
The Oli Best Road Safety Organisation (OBS), a non-governmental organisation (NGO), last Friday organised an inter-schools quiz competition for schools of the Presbyterian Church at Asawasi in the Kumasi Metropolis.
The quiz competition, which was under the theme: ‘Save Kids Lives With Road Safety’, was aimed at assessing the children’s knowledge of road safety education in the their respective schools.
The Director of Oli Best Road Safety Organisation, Mr. Richard Karikari, explained that road safety campaigns have always focused on the driver, but the target now is to educate the school children, who form a sizeable number of pedestrians, on road safety measures.
Mr. Karikari said statistics indicate that road accidents associated with vehicle knockdowns has reduced drastically since the OBR started operations some four years ago.
He outlined a number of road safety activities OBR is undertaking, including replicating its operations across the 16 regions in the country, and a model community FM radio station at Asawasi, purposely for road safety education.
The Director expressed the need for lots of public ambulances in the country to help in the prompt rescue of road accident victims, and added that the OBR campaign hopes to reduce deaths associated with knockdowns by 50 percent by the year 2020.
The Manhyia Divisional Police Commander, ACP Kwaku Buah, who was the Special Guest, said he was excited at the indepth knowledge of the school children on road safety measures, and hoped it would transform into reducing the accident rate amongst children.
The Asawasi M/A Junior High School (JHS) emerged the winner of the competition with 54 points. They received a gold certificate of honour, individual certificates, and 20 cartons of Bebe drinks, 15 branded Bebe and Oli Best T-shirts, and a box of pens.
Asawasi Presbyterian International JHS and St. Theresa’s R/C JHS, which placed second and third respectively, also received prizes.