ROLES OF CITIZENS IN CURBING ROAD ACCIDENTS
Road accidents have become one of the major causes of deaths and loss of properties in Ghana. Measures put in place by the government including; education and road safety awareness have helped in a way. But recently the occurrences of road accidents is on the rise.
Road accidents most of the time occur as a result of carelessness of drivers, overloading of commercial vehicles, over speeding, lack of vehicle maintenance, potholes on the roads and the inefficient workout of police officers on the road.
Most of the time, road accidents are seen to be the faults of drivers, the government and police officers on the roads.
On the side of drivers, many drivers do not obey the road signs on the road, some over speed while driving, others drive while receiving a phone call while vehicles of some drivers lack maintenance.
Bad road conditions which include potholes on the roads, lack of street lights at some places in the country which makes it difficult for drivers to drive well at night and some faulty traffic lights are faults on the side of the government which causes road accidents.
On the other hand, pedestrians and passengers can also be blamed for the occurrences of road accidents. When the drivers drive with care and obey all the necessary signs and the roads are in good conditions, but pedestrians do not cross the road with care, road accidents can still occur.
Some pedestrians cross the road while receiving a phone call while others do not check well before crossing the road.
Passengers sometimes forget they can also help to curb road accidents. In the state were a driver is over speeding or doing anything that can lead to road accidents, passengers have the right to alert the driver.
However, in the course of curbing road accidents, the government, drivers,passengers and pedestrians must know the roles each must play and if played well will help in the prevention of road accidents.
story by Amanda Quartey