Workshop on monitoring and evaluation of risk factors that lead to road crashes ends in Accra

22.Aug.2019

A 2 day workshop on commonly used study designs for the assessment of observational risk factor for road safety program has ended in Accra.

The workshop which was hosted by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly in partnership with the Bloomberg Philanthropist Initiative for Global Road Safety (AMA-BIGRS) with coordination from Johns Hopkins University aimed at educating participants on ways to monitor and evaluate risk factors that lead to road crashes and fatalities in the city.

The Surveillance Coordinator for AMA-BIGRS, Dr Raphael Awuah in his opening remarks said the workshop focused on speeding, seat belts wearing/child restraint and helmet wearing. Adding that“These three factors are relatively easy to undertake without the involvement or participation of the police and can be easily operationalized.”

A lecturer of the Johns Hopeskin University, Dr Isaac Botchway highlighted the need for collaboration amongst stakeholders to enhance enforcement.

“One of the things that we always recommend is to combine education, enforcement and engineering to enhance road safety," he added.

Stakeholders as part of the workshop were positioned at vintage roads within the city to observe speeding, using speed guns, wearing of seat belts and helmets and take records.

The workshop brought together stakeholders from the Ministry of Roads and Highways,Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service , Ghana Road Safety Commission and Data and Planning Department of AMA.