Several security officers and other drivers have been arrested by the police MTTD for disregarding traffic regulations.
The errant drivers were apprehended during Citi TV‘s road safety campaign – War Against Indiscipline (#WAI).
The exercise, which was carried out on the Gbetsile junction on the Tema-Afienya road, apprehended drivers for driving against traffic, failing to display car number plates, and wrongful overtaking.
The drivers numbering about 15 comprised both commercial and private cars users. Most of them cited lateness to work as the reason for their misconduct.
Speaking after the exercise, the Director of Operations at the Police MTTD, Superintendent Dr. Sasu Mensah, was impressed the exercise had helped ease the traffic congestion on the route.
“It is not the number of vehicles that we arrest that will determine our success. What we intend to do is to reduce traffic congestion and that is what we have absolutely done, and people are now following traffic rules and there is some level of sanity and discipline. At least 15 drivers have been arrested, and today they are going to court.”
Recently, some drivers who were arrested under the campaign were made to hold placards with the inscription; ‘I WILL NOT DRIVE CARELESSLY AGAIN’ for a week as punishment.
That was in addition to a fine the court charged them.
About War Against Indiscipline
The #WarAgainstIndiscipline – Be the change campaign is aimed at helping to avert the increasing loss of lives through road crashes.
In May 2019, the station began the campaign against all forms of indiscipline in the country.
The exercise took the nation by surprise when it partnered with the Ghana Police Service to arrest errant drivers, process them for court, and have them fined.
It covered roads noted for reckless driving within and outside Accra.
These roads include Spintex, Legon by-pass, Dawhenya, Pokuase-Amasaman, Kasoa-Weija, Adenta-Dodowa among others.
The campaign is aimed at checking indiscipline on roads and also targeted at putting regulatory bodies on their toes to ensure that the various road safety laws are enforced.
It also seeks to compel drivers to stay within speed limits.