Drifan, A Digital Road Safety Platform Launched in Ghana

A digital road safety platform, Drifan has been launched to help reduce the carnage on Ghana’s roads and promote sustainable transportation.

The platform was developed by the Ghana Driver & Road Safety Foundation (GDRS Foundation) with the backing of the National Road Safety Authority and Driver & Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).

The Drifan platform enables road users to contribute to safer roads by capturing and sharing live alerts of road hazards anywhere in the country.

Drifan community members could share alerts of broken-down vehicles at dangerous spots, major road defects, non-functioning traffic signals, and other hazards which could lead to crashes.

Additionally, the Drifan platform serves timely road safety tips and education through videos and other media to drivers and other road users. Road safety education is delivered in English as well as local languages to make it accessible to users of all literacy levels.

The official launch was performed by the UN Resident Coordinator, Mr. Charles Abani, the Projects & Partnerships Director of the GDRS Foundation, Madam Freda Frimpong, the Director-General of the National Safety Authority, Ing. May Obiri Yeboah, with the support of dignitaries from the DVLA, MTTD of Ghana Police Service, GCB Bank, and GOIL Company Limited.

Ghana has so far lost 1,706 persons with another 9,299 suffering various injuries in 9,520 road crashes between January 1 and July 31 this year according to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service.

This represents a worse performance over the same period in the year 2020. Achieving this ambitious target requires fresh perspectives and collaboration by all road safety actors.

Source: Daily Graphic

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