The Upper East Regional Manager of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA, Munta- wakilu Abdulai has called on local government, the traditional authority, and the general population to show interest in the national policies to educate drivers in a local language in order to reduce the rate of the road accident. According to the Regional Manager, the various Municipal and District Assemblies who are the mouthpiece of the local community people inviting the DVLA and the National Road Safety in educating the populace. Speaking in an interview Mr. Mukta-wakilu bemoaned that “the District Assemblies have a lot of responsibility in public education but they are failing on that part, they should not wait to attend the funerals of the people” “You even see some of them going to the Police station to bail people who have been arrested by the Police for infringing road regulations, meanwhile, you can teach the people the right thing to do” he added.

He further revealed that the DVLA is currently piloting educating drivers in local languages in Accra and Kumasi before execution in other parts of the country adding that DVLA is initiating a program dubbed Wipe out, an oral education to cover over half of the local languages being spoken in the country to cater for the uneducated populace in their mother language when obtaining Drivers License. He disclosed that about twelve thousand vehicles and motorcycles have been registered in the Upper East Region between January and October this year. According to him this represents a 10 percent increase over figures recorded in 2019 of about 11,500 and expressed the hope that by the close of the year, it will reach its 30 percent targeted increase.

While encouraging motorists to use a safety helmet, the Regional Manager urged vehicle owners and users to pay their roadworthy which is used for developmental purposes. According to Statistics from the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA, about 130 accident cases were reported to the outfit with 117 of the cases attended to in the upper East Region from January to October this year. About 53 fatalities were recorded mostly involving motorbikes accidents under the same period.

The Regional Manager of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority, Osman Muta wakilu Abdulai revealed that most of these vehicular accidents were as a result of drunk driving, over speeding, collision with strayed animals crossing the road as well as the road environment. He attributed some portions of the blame on the failure of the Highways and the Urban Roads to maintain a good road environment arguing that the bad state of the roads contributes significantly to road crashes and related deaths, Ahead of the general elections and the yuletide, the regional Manager cautioned road users to observe all road safety regulation and maintain the good shape of their vehicles in order to stay alive. He cautioned road users to mindful of the poor visibility during the season of Harmattan and to keep their headlamp on even during the day to forestall collision with oncoming vehicles. 

Apexnewsgh.com/Ghana/contributor Prosper Adankai
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