The Rotary Club Sekondi-Takoradi Chapter of the Western Region, has embarked on an intensive road safety campaign to curb pedestrian knock down and road accidents in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis.
In a rather proactive measure to save lives on our roads, the group in collaboration with the Ghana Road Safety Commission, Western Region, and with support from Monpe Ventures Heavy Haulage have repainted faded pedestrian crossing points in the metropolis.
Addressing journalist last Saturday during the exercise, President for the club, Mrs. Anita Griffiths Buaku observed that children, aged and persons caught with illnesses are often knocked down when crossing the road due to the invisibility and or absence of pedestrian crossing on our roads. She explains the club for realizing the crisis sought to raise funds to embark on road safety campaign on radio, and also to repaint at least 30 pedestrian crossing points in the Sekondi Takoradi Metropolis to avert these accidents.
“Every year we identify with a particular intervention for the metropolis. This year, we decided to repaint faded pedestrian crossings. We realized a number of road accident victims were children, aged and those taken ill. These persons often have difficulties crossing the roads in instances where the pedestrian crossing is faded.”
For his part, Western Region Director for the Ghana Road Safety Commission, Thomas Bismark Boakye intimated the rate of pedestrian knock down in Ghana is alarming. He mentioned that a 40% of all road accidents in the country accounts for deaths of pedestrian, and 23 % are children below 16 years. He is thankful for the choice of intervention taken by the Sekondi Takoradi Chapter of the Rotary Club.
Mr Boakye emphasized that “when the markings on the pedestrian crossing fades drivers could hardly identify them so they could limit their speed. And when this happens people cross the roads at any point, which can indeed be dangerous”.
He also took the opportunity to appeal to benevolent organizations and persons to support the course, stressing the repainting of pedestrian crossings could fade in some 6 months.