By William Sarpong
The Managing Director of Metro Mass Transit Limited (MMTL), Mr. Albert Adu- Boahene, has cautioned drivers of the company to be alert, disciplined, tolerant, patient, considerate and courteous when driving to avoid untimely deaths through road crashes.
“It is our collective responsibility to prevent road carnage. Posterity will not forgive us if we fail in our normal or professional responsibilities to instill discipline and sanity in our operations,” he said.
Mr. Adu-Boahene gave this advice during a maiden trading workshop organized by MMTL in collaboration with the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) on road safety in Accra.
Transport, he observed, is a means of connectivity and an enabler of growth and prosperity the world over.
“However, with the positive impact of road transport on society comes the negative side, which are road fatalities and injuries.”
The operation of road-based transport service, particularly for commercial purpose, according to Mr. Adu-Boahen, is generally fraught with enormous challenges relating to safety and cost, with safety being compounded by the increasing number of vehicles on the roads.
Road safety, he said, is an issue that affects each and everyone irrespective of gender, tribe, political affiliation, educational background, profession and social class.
“It is a common challenge whether one uses the road as a driver, a passenger, a cyclist, a truck pusher or a pedestrian.”
“Anyone of us is a potential victim of road crashes. Road crashes usually result from human error in the form of, but not limited to, fatigue, speed, drink driving, drugs, frustrations at home or distracted driving.”
Mr. Boahene disclosed that statistics show road traffic crashes constitute one of the world’s largest public health and injury prevention problems.
According to him, when crashes occur, it is not the number of deaths and the injured that should be of greater concern and that the real problem is the trauma, pain and anguish that the victims and their families and loved ones go through.
The shattering of the dreams of brilliant children, impact on the socio-economic lives of people, the destruction of families and the pressure on the national budget are major issues of concern, he added.
“In our efforts to surmount the twin challenge of safety and cost, MMTL places high premium on safe and responsible driving, grounded in positive attitudes.”
“As a corporate entity, we are keenly aware of the impact of driver behaviour on the sustainability of the company and on the socio-economic lives of Ghanaians in general.” “And here, I am proud to state that MMTL spends much of its training budget on driver training.”
He concluded that something fruitful could be achieved in the fight against the preventable and senseless carnage if all stakeholders commit themselves towards the achievement of the common goal. “I had a vision last night in which I saw Ghana achieving zero fatalities on our roads and the heartaches, human suffering and the misery had come to an end with Metro Mass Transit Limited leading the way.”
“I am sure we can achieve this. It is doable. May God help us,” he asserted.