Street Sense Oganisation Presents Reflective Vests to Ghana Police Service
Report by: Ben LARYEA
Street Sense Organisation, a Non-Governmental Organisation has presented boxes of its branded reflective vest worth GHC195,000 to the Ghana Police Service at a ceremony in Accra.
The move is part of the effort to support the Ghana Police Service particularly the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) to help address issues relating to road safety and to curb road carnage and fatalities in the country.
The NGO’s primary functions are to promote safety on the roads through advocacy, research, training and education and to also support victims of road accidents as well as work to address the challenges in relations with road and transport agencies to ensure safety for all stakeholders in the road sector.
The National Coordinator of Street Sense Organisation, Mr. Samson Oddoye said the donation is part of the drive by the NGO to enhance education, increase awareness and empower the MTTD to discharge its duties effectively and efficiently towards road safety in the country.
He said the carnage and the fatalities on the roads have placed Ghana as one of the leading accident prone countries in Africa saying “this has painted a gloomy picture of the country as far as road safety is concerned and thus urged drivers to comply with the rules and regulations governing road safety.
“Statistics reaching the NGO indicates that 7 people die daily on the roads” he revealed and again cautioned drivers to avoid drunk driving, unnecessary overtaking, but should park at rest stops when fatigue sets in during the course of driving especially long journeys.
Receiving the items, Supt. Dr Samuel Sasu-Mensah, the Director of Operations at MTTD who expressed his gratitude and thanked the NGO for their kind gesture, adding that the reflectors will be distributed to the officers across the country.
He said Street Sense have contributed in diverse ways to road safety and the presentation of the vests will help address road safety issues and urged other NGOs and corporate bodies to emulate the shining example of Street Sense.
For her part, Mrs Gloria Laryea, Member of Trustee of Street Sense called on stakeholders in the road sector to intensify the campaign of road safety and said road safety is a collective and shared responsibility.