The Director-General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, COP Francis Aboagye Nyarko, says the police, as part of its drastic measures to help reduce the carnage on the country’s roads, has intensified enforcement.
According to him, the police administration is worried about the rampant road crashes, which have led to the loss of many lives. He says the vision of the Inspector General of Police is to see more vibrant management of road traffic to ensure that indiscipline on the roads is dealt with effectively.
Speaking to Citi News in Kumasi on the sidelines of a training programme in collaboration with the National Insurance Commission for regional MTTD, commanders, and other senior officers, COP Francis Aboagye Nyarko stressed that persons found culpable would be severely dealt with in accordance with the law.
“The vision is that we want to see more vibrant management in terms of road traffic, we want to get the indiscipline out, those driving on the shoulders of the road, those facing oncoming vehicles. The carnage on the road is not good, so we will make sure that the indiscipline is reduced. The police have been trained, they have been equipped, and their confidence levels are high.”
“You will notice that since the police began apprehending culprits, it has reduced, although we will still get the recalcitrant ones, we can say that the majority has stopped, and we believe that gradually the system will be swept clean of road indiscipline.”
“Our officers are charged to ensure that the men to be moved out there are well-educated on what is expected of them on the field. No driver will be spared, especially those who drive facing oncoming vehicles, and on the shoulders of the roads.”
He advised members of the public to avoid overtaking if they cannot see what is ahead of them to help reduce the deaths and crashes on the road.
“The advice to the public is that you should not overtake if you cannot see what is in front of you. Unnecessary overtaken causes head-on collision leading to deaths. If drivers are disciplined, most of these can be avoided, as we are losing too much human resource.”
Road crashes over the last 2 months have been overwhelming, mostly attributed to indiscipline on the roads.
The Police MTTD has therefore urged that drivers be disciplined while on the road and also warned that anyone driver caught misbehaving on the road, will not be spared.