All drivers plying the country's roads have been urged to refrain from driving at top speed, when tired, in hazy weather or in poor visibility and drive with caution while avoiding substance abuse.
Furthermore, all drivers are required to regularly maintain their vehicles and respect other road users such as passengers, pedestrians and other vehicles.
Mr Daniel Wuaku, Greater Accra Regional Director of the Ghana National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), who was addressing a news conference in Accra, yesterday, also called on passengers not to put pressure on drivers to drive faster, but to rise up with one voice to demand professionalism from drivers.
Mr Wuaku did not leave out pedestrians and motor riders. He advised pedestrians to watch carefully before crossing the road, walk facing on-coming vehicles, help children cross the road safely and be attentive and desist from plugging both ears with ear pieces while calling on motor riders to use helmets, obey traffic rules, ride within speed limit and not carry more than one passenger/pillion.
He said fatalities and injuries resulting from road accidents were attributable to over-speeding, wrongful overtaking, reckless driving, driving tired or under the influence of alcohol and failure to maintain vehicles.
He, therefore, called for a strict observance of these instructions to ensure safe travels during the Christmas season and beyond.
Mr Wuaku said the regional office of the NRSC was in close collaboration with the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MMTU), Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), Ghana National Fire Service (GNFS), Accra Metropolitan Authority (AMA), other road agencies and transport unions to intensify education and awareness, and to enforce pre-departure checks and safety audits.
Source: ISD (G.D. Zaney)