Ghana News Agency
Accra, July 25, GNA – Mr Cecil Garbrah, Executive Director of Toptech Transport and Logistics consultancy firm, has advised school children to always use the pedestrian crossing to avoid being knocked down by vehicles.
He also advised that children below 10 years of age should not be allowed to walk to school alone, adding that parents who neglected their wards and subsequently get knocked down by a car, should be arrested.
Mr Garbrah said this at a road safety education programme organised separately by Toptech for pupils at the La Anglican cluster of schools and Manle Dada and African Unity schools, all in Accra.
He advised the school children to always walk by the shoulders of the road where they would be facing oncoming vehicles and also insist on using seat belts when they were being driven to school by their parents.
He said children were mostly knocked down by vehicles after 1900 hours and urged them to avoid wearing black or dark dresses when walking by the road side at night.
“As students are going on vacation, it is important that they are educated on road safety measures to ensure that they return safely to school to begin the new academic year,” he said.
He indicated that road accident was the third biggest killer in Africa, leaving many families, especially children from hopeless, adding that parents who used vehicles should adhere to basic road safety measures in order to stay alive and help fulfill the dreams of their children.
Nigeria announces further measures to check traffic accidents
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In a bid to reduce carnage on Nigerian roads, the country’s Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has announced a jail penalty for any person caught using mobile a phone while driving. The Corp Marshal of the FRSC, Mr. Osita Chidoka told journalists on Saturday in Abuja that offenders would no longer be fined, but immediately taken to court and jailed.
He said that the other offences like over-speeding, dangerous overtaking and overloading would equally attract court action instead of the usual fines. According to him, these new measures are part of a newly launched campaign to reduce the rising spate of road crashes in the country.
He said that commercial bus drivers were now required to install speed limit devices in their vehicles so that they could not exceed 100km per hour. Nigeria has one of the worst road accident records in the world. In 2012, 3,000 people, according to the FRSC, died in Nigeria in 2,235 road accidents, making Nigeria, the second country in the world with the highest fatalities on the roads.