Act as road ambassadors: GJA President charges journalists
The President of the Ghana Journalists Association (GJA), Mr Roland Affail Monney, has appealed to journalists to develop a strong passion for road safety related issues as the country gears towards general elections and Christmas.
This way, he said, the media could effectively contribute to the quest of the nation to reduce road crashes to the barest minimum in order to save precious lives.
Mr Monney made the appeal in Cape Coast recently during an interaction between the National Road Safety Authority and the media in the region.
The engagement, which was under the theme: “Effective Road Safety Advocacy (Campaign): Role of the Media”, was meant to whip up the interest of the media in the fight against road carnage.
Mr Monney noted: “The quality of journalism has a correlation with a country’s ascendency,” and therefore, charged journalists to act as road safety ambassadors to mitigate the carnage on the roads.
According to him, the media’s passion for road safety and an effective role would lead to a paradigm shift in road safety related issues, and bring about positive attitudinal changes that would lead to the needed results.
“Focus on road safety promotes the intrinsic value and inherent dignity of Ghana to reduce the loss of lives on our roads,” he stated.
He explained that an award scheme would be instituted to reward journalists who devote their time to lead road safety campaigns to create a paradigm shift.
Regional Minister’s concerns
The Central Regional Minister, Mr Kwamena Duncan, bemoaned the spate of road accidents in the region and called for a concerted effort by the media to help end the canker. As the nation gears towards political activities, he said, there was the tendency that human activities on the road would increase considerably
He, therefore, urged the media to be bold to name and shame people, including politicians, who would abuse road safety measures with impunity.
MTTD to strictly enforce the law
Superintendent Alexander K. Obeng, Director In-charge of Education, Research and Training at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), noted that the desired results could not be achieved without strict adherence.
He, therefore, gave an assurance that the MTTD would strictly enforce the laws regarding road safety and ensure strict compliance.
He warned that offending drivers would be prosecuted so as to ensure that drivers abide by road safety regulations and also serve as a deterrent.
The Central Region is well noted for deadly road crashes that have claimed many lives and maimed others with concomitants effects that could not be underrated.