The number of road accidents is going up and will still go up, says Dr Godfred Akyea-Darkwah of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport[/caption] The Vice President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport, Dr Godfred Akyea-Darkwah, says he sees no end in sight to road accidents in the country. “It is going up and it will still go up unless the right strategies are adopted.” He says if governments – past and present – do not commit to implementing to the letter the Legislative Instrument 2180, the country will continue to mourn deaths on its roads. Speaking on Midday Live on TV3 on Monday, March 25, Dr Akyea-Darkwah noted that there are three fundamental causes of road accidents: roads, vehicles and human errors. “[Human error] is the key factor which contributes about 90 per cent [of the accidents].” He urged government to invest in the education and sensitisation of drivers in order to staunch the trend. “Driver attitude and behavior has it all [to do]. That is causing all the problem,” he insisted. “But if we talk about attitude and behaviour and for that matter attributing it to the human behaviour, the [tool] that can address the ill attitudes and bad behaviour is through qualitative, pragmatic and progressive education and training.” He cited how an organization once expressed desire to educate drivers “but we did not get them”, insinuating some of the drivers are not interested in training. The discourse on road accidents was reignited last Friday, when about 60 persons lost their lives in two separate road accidents.
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