The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has revealed that 88 deaths have so far been recorded through road accidents in Tamale, in the Northern Region in the last eight months.
According to the Northern Regional Director of the NRSC, Alex Aryeetar, most of the accidents were caused by reckless tipper truck drivers.
He was addressing tipper truck owners and drivers in Tamale at a meeting with major stakeholders in the road sector.
[contextly_sidebar id=”J8IQRJfC3LmpY2HQmQW8IETYYcjCc8WQ”]Mr. Aryeetar said it was disappointing that despite the intensive public campaigns by his office, majority of motorists in the Tamale Metro Area flouted traffic regulations with impunity.
Alex Aryeetar called for collaborative efforts to curb road menace in the entire Northern Region.
Northern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ken Yeboah declared zero tolerance for road indiscipline in the region.
He disclosed his administration’s resolve to launch a full scale exercise beginning Monday October 20, 2014 to clump down on the activities of traffic offenders.
He condemned consistent attempts by people arrested for traffic and other road offences to relate their arrest to chieftaincy and political matters.
DCOP Ken Yeboah urged those spreading such falsehood to decouple politics and chieftaincy matters from enforcement of the law.
He also advised chiefs in the area to desist from pleading on behalf of recalcitrant traffic offenders.
He said those caught acting contrary to traffic regulations will be prosecuted.
DCOP Ken Yeboah further implored traffic offenders to stop bribing police officers.
National Director of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MMTU) of the Ghana Police service, DCOP Angwubutoge Awuni encouraged his men in the region to go the extra mile and arrest all traffic offenders.
As a former Northern Regional Police Commander, Mr. Awuni admonished indiscipline motorists in Tamale to change their behaviour.
He described as totally unacceptable chiefs and politicians interference in the operations of law enforcement agencies.
The MTTU national Director called on owners of commercial vehicles and their drivers to cooperate with the police to stop the wanton killing of people on the roads.
Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Engineer, Mrs. May Obiri Yeboah decried the pain inflicted on families who lose their relations through road accidents.
She said women whose husbands or children died through road accidents endured immeasurable pain.
She pleaded with all motorists to obey traffic regulations to save precious lives.
Chief Executive Officer of the Driver, Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA), Rudolph Beckley authorized his regional Director to liaise with the regional MTTU to impound motorists whose vehicles and motorcycles road worthiness and insurance have expired.
He further tasked the regional DVLA to thoroughly scrutinize applicants for drivers’ license.
Rudolph Beckley reminded all motorists of their civic duty to renew their licenses on time.
He cautioned commercial vehicle owners against using worn out second hand tyres.
Some of the participants thanked the speakers for the orientation and pledged to be law abiding citizens.
By: Abdul Karim Naatogmah