Let's keep our roads safe.

 Let's keep our roads safe. On May 25, 2017, the Daily Graphic published a letter from a reader asking for action to be taken against trucks transporting boulders with their buckets open. We have reproduced the following for the benefit of those who may not have read the letter: "It has become common these days to see large trucks carrying boulders on our roads, with the back of their buckets open."

This is done without considering the possibility that the boulders could fall from the back of the truck and injure other motorists. The Kasoa-Mallam road is typically where this practice is observed. Before anything bad happens, the person in charge of checking this needs to get up. As a people, we have developed an excessive fondness for waiting for mishaps.

 We have been constrained to imitate the peruser's letter due to a mishap that happened in Tema last Sunday night in which two individuals lost their lives. The two were with a third individual in a BMW cantina vehicle that was squashed by stones that tumbled from a tipper truck. Numerous instances of safety rules violations have occurred, with all law enforcement agencies cheering. Recently, boulder-carrying trucks caused controversy in the Sekondi Takoradi metropolis. Contractors were using flatbed articulated trucks and tipper trucks to transport boulders to the Takoradi Harbour as part of ongoing rehabilitation work.

 The practice continued until the project was completed, despite complaints from residents. Even though there were no major accidents, some of the rocks that fell off of trucks are still on some of the city's roads. Trucks carrying large boulders on the roads with the backs of the buckets unprotected are common in Accra and other areas with ongoing construction projects.

 We dare say that the accident on Sunday that resulted in the deaths of two people could have been avoided if some level of safety had been observed. Witnesses claim that a cattle herd crossing the road contributed to the accident, bringing the issue of cattle farming in urban areas to light. The Representative Tema MTTD Commandant told the Everyday Realistic that, to no one's surprise, the police had sent off examinations concerning the mishap.

 We encourage the police and other law enforcement agencies to be proactive in enforcing the law, and we welcome investigations into the accident. Many of the country's roads are routinely inspected by the police, but it's surprising that many people who cause harm to others on the road do so with impunity. It really helps none to sit detached till fiascos strike before we are believed to be making a move. Now is the time to act.

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