THE Jaman South District Police Commander, Superintendent P.I.K. Asante has warned drivers in the area to be extra careful to reduce accidents, especially during the Christmas season.
He urged them to value the lives of passengers by avoiding acts that would put their lives at risk, mentioning speeding, overloading and wrongful overtaking as some of the major causes of road accidents.
Supt Asante was launching this year’s road safety campaign at the Drobo in the Brong Ahafo Region.
He advised the drivers to obey traffic regulations and regularly maintain their vehicles to avoid road accidents.
The district commander warned them against alcohol intake when driving and urged them to give respect to passengers who patronised their services.
Supt Asante further warned drivers to stop using mobile phones when driving, as it was among the main causes of road accidents, stressing, “Any driver found guilty of such an offence would be dealt with according to the laws of the land”.
In a speech read on behalf of the Chairman of the Drobo Branch of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union, Mr F.R. Ansu Gyeabour, he stressed the importance of road signs and implored the drivers to let that to be their priority.
“Without road signs, one cannot called himself a good driver,” he added.
Mr Gyeabour urged motorbike riders to be extra careful on the roads to avoid accidents.
He advised members of the union to remain united and work as a team to build a stronger union.
Inspector W.K. Mensah in charge of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) also advised motorbike riders to use helmet when riding to escape head injuries and death whenever they were involved in accidents.
He cautioned that any rider who failed to use a helmet would be arrested and put before court, stressing they and drivers should renew their vehicle papers as soon as they expired.
The Chairman of Drobo branch of Taxi Drivers Union, Mr Kwasi Takyi made a passionate appeal to vehicle owners to buy quality tyres for their commercial vehicles to prevent accidents.
He also advised drivers to be disciplined and respect police personnel on road checks.