• Short Summary

    Ghana switched to driving on the right on Sunday (4 August), making it the last country in West Africa to change over from the left-hand driving system left by the British.

  • Description

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    CU Traffic warden wearing T-shirt "Operation keep right"
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    2.
    CU Signs "Drive right" and "Keep right" (2 shots)
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    LV & CU Workmen painting road signs while traffic still passes on left (4 shots)
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    CU new roundabout sign
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    SV PAN Crowds around Liberation Plaza with traffic driving on right
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    CU & LV Policeman directs traffic
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    SV Soldier directs traffic
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    SV Traffic flowing on the right
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    CU Sign "I'm driving right. Are you?"
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    CU Car involved in the first accident
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    CU & SV Lady driver talks with police as they mark the spot and measure the road (3 shots)
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    12.
    CU Men and Women haggling around policeman
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    SV Official Operation Keep Right vehicle passes
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    14.
    TV Traffic flowing down motorway
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    Initials BB/1726 ???



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: Ghana switched to driving on the right on Sunday (4 August), making it the last country in West Africa to change over from the left-hand driving system left by the British. The change-over was announced by siren and soldiers, police and traffic wardens all helped to direct the traffic. The Right Hand Traffic Secretariat issued bulletins urging motorists to read traffic handbooks and asked for everyone's cooperation in the changeover.

    Police and traffic wardens were asked to watch over children and the disable. Daily newspapers urged workers to mend roads damaged in the rains, and suggested restrictions on drink and drugs to assist the work of a National Road Safety Committee soon to be set up in the capital.

    Crowds gathered at roundabout only saw one minor accident when a truck backed into a private car. Fortunately, no-one was hurt.

    SYNOPSIS: Ghana became the last West African country last Sunday to convert to right-hand traffic.

    Bright slogans and signs were part of an enthusiastic national campaign as newspapers urged workmen on the nation's roads to abandon their easy-going attitude in the drive for new signs and improved road conditions.

    Crowds of people surrounded Accra's Liberation Plaza to watch traffic flowing round after sirens ushered in the change. Police and traffic wardens were especially asked to watch over the safety of children and the disabled in crowded areas, and special white canes are to be issued to the blind.

    Public relations teams helping in the change to right hand traffic have issued warnings on drinking and speeding, and parking has been banned in twenty-one streets in the capital.

    A truck driver and a lady in a private vehicle ewer involved in a minor collision on the first day. They will join other statistics to be studied by a new National Road Safety Committee due to be set up within a few weeks.

    While people become accustomed to the change, official "Operation Keep Right" teams, the press and oven car sales firms are all collaborating to keep Ghana ??? right and accident-free.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVADFCGQ5P7VTVUVDY5EHTDJD9G3
    Media URN:
    VLVADFCGQ5P7VTVUVDY5EHTDJD9G3
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    05/08/1974
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:31:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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