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MAKE ROADS SAFE CONFERENCE, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. 8-10 July 2009 NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION IMPLEMENTING A DECADE OF ACTION IN AFRICA: Examples of Road Safety Interventions. NOBLE JOHN APPIAH Executive Director National Road Safety Commission, Ghana Outline of Presentation

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MAKE ROADS SAFE CONFERENCE,

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

8-10 July 2009

NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION

IMPLEMENTING A DECADE OF ACTION IN AFRICA: Examples of Road Safety Interventions.

NOBLE JOHN APPIAH

Executive Director

National Road Safety Commission, Ghana


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Outline of Presentation

The National Road Traffic Crash and Casualty Situation in Ghana

5 – year National Road Safety Strategy

Policies Implemented

Specific Interventions

Road Safety Performance Indicators

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Brief Profile of Ghana

Population : 24,931,299 (estimate)

Land Area : 238,540 sq. km

Administrative Divisions : 10

Length of Roads in Ghana : 64,323km

Trunk Roads = 20%

Feeder Roads = 65%

Urban Roads = 15%

Road Condition

Roads in Good Condition = 39%

Roads in Fair Condition = 29%

Roads in Poor Condition = 32%

Languages spoken in Ghana : 41

Most Commonly spoken languages in Ghana : 6

English,Twi (Akan), Ga, Fanti, Hausa, Dagbani


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Road Safety Situation

  • Over 1,600 people die annually in Ghana through road traffic crashes.

  • At least 4 persons are reported killed in road traffic accidents daily

  • 42% of the fatalities involved are pedestrians

  • 23% of pedestrian fatalities involved children below age 16

  • 60% of accidents are caused by speeding

  • Bus occupants account for 25 % of fatalities

  • 18-55 years age group account for 60% of fatalities

  • 70% of fatalities involve males

  • Vehicle population growing at 10% annually


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Cost of Road Traffic Crashes in Ghana

  • Road Traffic Crashes cost the nation 1.6% of GDP

  • Translates to US$ 165 MILLION (2004)

Source : Estimation of cost of road traffic accidents in Ghana , 2006 (BRRI)


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National Road Traffic Injury Situation

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has a comprehensive traffic crash statistics data base from 1991 to 2007.

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Details of RTC Data

RTC classification by:

Environment

Road User Class

Age group

Sex

Type of Vehicles

Time of Crash

Region

etc

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Distribution of Fatalities by

Road User Class (2000 – 2007)

Age (2000 –2007)



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RESPONSIBILITIES OF STAKEHOLDERS

  • Ministry of Transportation:

    Political leadership and broad policy direction

  • NRSC-National Road Safety Commission:

    Provides strategic leadership in strategy, policy , resource mobilization, advocacy and coordination

  • GAS - Ghana Ambulance Service

    Emergency Services

  • MTTU- Motor Transport & Traffic Unit

    Enforcement of traffic regulations

  • GHA/DUR/DFR- Road Agencies

    Road safety Engineering issues

  • NGOS – Advocacy, training etc

  • BRRI- Building & Road Research Institute

    RTA Data Collection and Analysis

  • DVLA- Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority

    Driver certification and vehicle inspections

MoT


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NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION

  • 4.1 Policy Goal

  • To provide strategic leadership in road safety management through:

    • Planning, development and coordination

    • Advocacy and Resource Mobilization

    • Research and knowledge transfer

    • Education, Publicity & Information – to create awareness and improve knowledge and change road user behaviour in road safety.

    • Engineering – to incorporate road safety in the development and maintenance of road infrastructure

    • Enforcement – to ensure compliance of Road Traffic Laws and Regulations

    • Emergency Response Services – to provide post crash care for crash victims


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Development of 5-year Comprehensive, Consistent, Coherent and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

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NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

4.2 NATIONAL STRATEGY (NRSSI & II) AND ACTION PLANS

  • Targets

  • Focus Areas

  • Process

  • Implementation

  • Monitoring & Evaluation


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Strategic Objective and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

The NRSC provides leadership in the planning, design and implementation of measures that will reduce road traffic crash fatalities on a year-on-year basis with a view to achieving less than 1,000 fatalities and achieve a single fatality rate by the year 2015.


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NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

4.2.9 FOCUS AREAS FOR NRSS II

NRSS II

  • Reduction in Pedestrian and Child Fatalities and Injuries

  • Reduction in Fatalities and Injuries of occupants of Bus / Mini Buses


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FOCUS ROADS and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

  • Road Name

  • Aflao – Accra – Cape Coast – Takoradi – Elubo

  • Accra – Kumasi – Techiman – Kintampo – Tamale – Navrongo

  • Kumasi – Sunyani

  • Kumasi – Obuasi

  • Sunyani – Techiman

  • Tema – Asikuma

  • Asikuma - Ho

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INTERVENTIONS and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION


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NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

To make Ghana’s road transportation system the safest in Africa

Influence

KNOWLEDGE

Influence

ATTITUDE

Influence

BEHAVIOUR

Influence the level and severity of

CASUALTY

Education

Information

Training

Engineering

Emergency

Education

Information

Research

Education

Information

Training

Enforcement

Engineering

Education

Information

Training

Enforcement

NATIONAL VISION FOR ROAD SAFETY

  • “Ghana, a country with the safest road transportation System in Africa”

  • The road to fulfill the vision


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Engineering (Physical) and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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Education and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

  • Over 200,000 school Children, 8,000 teachers and 12,500 parents trained in safe road use practices


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EDUCATION, INFORMATION & PUBLICITY and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

1. Fatigue Campaign


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Enforcement (Visible presence of the Police) and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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Enforcement and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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Specific Interventions and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

Development of a National Road Safety Policy

Institution of Road Traffic Crash Investigations

Enactment of the Road Traffic Act 683 & Regulations

Introduction a National Ambulance Service (NAS)

Introduction Speed Limiters, Tachographs and Speed Cameras

PPP in Vehicle Towing Services

Introduction of a National Drivers’ Academy

Mandatory use of retroflective tapes to improve conspicuity

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Specific Interventions and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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Specific Interventions and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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RESEARCH STUDIES CONDUCTED and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

  • Study into the conditions of service of commercial

    vehicle Drivers and its impact on road safety

  • The influence of educational background on driver competence

  • A study into Fatigue in driving

  • Impact of used tyres on road safety


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(Source : International Road Federation) and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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THE WAY FORWARD and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans


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NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

NRSC WEBSITE (www.nrsc.gov.gh)


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NATIONAL ROAD SAFETY COMMISSION and Harmonized National Road Safety Strategy & Action Plans

Thank you

for your Attention

[email protected]

www.nrsc.gov.gh


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