300 road safety trainee's pass out
A second batch of 300 Road Safety Assistants (RSA) passed out a weeks training at the Kumasi Police Training School.The Road Safety Management Services Limited (RSMSL), which has the responsibility to clear the country’s roads of broken down vehicles to avoid accident, recruited the RSAs for them to help in the discharge of road safety duties.
As part of the training, the task force was taken through various courses, including road traffic acts and regulation; customer service in traffic management; Road Safety Management Services concept; road signs and symbols; crime and accident scene management; ethics of traffic law enforcement; first aid management; community policing and traffic management and drill.
Some of their duties include liaising with local police to protect life and property on the road and in the community, patrolling accident-prone roads and notifying the road Safety Management or police of broken –down vehicles, ensuring good customer service traffic management , helping to barricade accident scenes to ensure sanity, helping accident victims and assisting police in accident investigations.
In an address at the colorful passing out ceremony, the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Boss, Mr.Kwasi Sarpong, pledged the KMA’s support to the task force and the RSMSL since “Road safety management is everybody’s business.”
He announced some staggering statistics on the accident situation of the country for the year 2011. “Statistics in Ghana indicate that abandoned vehicles contribute 21.8 per cent of fatal accidents. In 2011, 2,330 lives were lost in road traffic crashes, an additional 13,272 persons were also injured in road traffic crashes the same year due to that phenomenon,” he said.
He said since the operations of the RSMSL, the number of broken-down vehicles on our roads has reduced tremendously, thereby reducing the spate of accidents.
The General Manager of the RSMSL, Air Commodore (rtd) Basin Dery, commended the recruits for their dedication to the training and asked them to bring the same enthusiasm to bear on their work.
He, however, warned them against abusing the opportunity by going to affect arrests and getting involved in other duties that were the preserve of the police.To date, he said his outfit had cleared over 900 broken-down vehicles from the roads.
On his part, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Police commander, ACP Kwasi Mensah Duku, underscored the necessity of public-private partnership in ensuring safety on the roads.
He said the RSMSL evolved from a long search to remedy the canker of fatal accidents occurring as a result of abandoned and broken-down vehicles on the roads.
He was optimistic that the alarming rate of fatalities would reduce as the RMSMSL continued to show commitment to its work, and urged the recruits to hit the ground running since there is a lot of work to be done.
Four of the recruits were awarded for their exemplary performance during the training. They are Akonnoubeng Sedrick, Overall Best Trainee; Abdulli Bandanaa, Best Behaved Trainee; Michael Oppong, Best in Academics; and Esther Wiafe Asare, Best in Drills.