Chairman of the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, Kennedy Osei Nyarko says the government needs to invest in technology if it is genuinely interested in tackling road accidents.
According to him, “it is not enough” that government provides money and resources to the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) when the institution still relies on approaches formulated centuries ago.
“We need to invest. If we want to provide road safety standards, it is all about investment. We need to invest in technology. We can not rely on the 19th and 18th century approach where we see our Police having that old speed gun.
“It is not about GHS 24 or 25 million budget that is going to solve this problem, they need a huge budget,” he told JoyNews’ Evans Mensah on PM Express.
In his view, the NRSA will not be able to ensure that roads are safe and neither can it enforce laws “if we don’t invest heavily in the sector”
His comment comes on the back of JoyNews’ premiere of its hotline documentary titled ‘CRUSHED’, as part of its contribution to addressing the increasing number of road accidents in the country.
The documentary which was produced by Seth Kwame Boateng captures chilling details of how many families have lost loved ones to road carnage.
Additionally, Mr Nyarko stated that a 64-year-old country that prides itself on progressive development should have by now “…be building more reliable technology…recording speed of vehicles at any point in time and reporting it at a central point and may be alerting security on the road to be able to apprehend those people.”
But sadly, “we don’t have that kind of system now, we need to invest heavily,’ he said.
My Nyarko advised that until the country is able to build its road networks, invest in technology, and put in the work, the fight against road accidents will be in vain.
“We need to build more dual carriages, expand our road and make it about 4 or 5 or 6 so that more vehicles can move without any head-on collision.
“Because if you look at the accidents that are happening on our road, majority of them are head-on collisions,” he said.