The Ashanti regional chapter of the Ghana Road Safety Commission, has arrested over 150 motorcycle riders within the Kumasi metropolis for non-compliance to road safety code.
The arrest was done through a task force operation of the commission at locations within the metropolis, including Suame which recorded 30 arrests, Airport round, recording 40, Atonsu, also recorded 60. They were on the same day processed for court.
The causes for their arrest, according to authorities were the non-usage of safety helmet, unregistered motorcycle, failure to acquire a motor rider’s license among others.
The Ashanti regional manager for Road Safety, Mr. Samuel Asiamah, lamented that the current trend in motorcycle fatalities in the region notably Kumasi is increasingly worrying.
Statistically, percentage in the total number of crashes which used to be at 5 percent, according to Mr. Samuel has shockingly risen to 11 percent and, therefore calls for the urgent need to manage motorcycle usage through the strict enforcement of the law typically in Kumasi.
The sharp percentage rise in motorcycle crashes he noted, makes the situation threatening unlike car accidents, which still stands at 40 percent , alerting that if pragmatic measures are not put in place, exponential rate at which motorcycle crashes are occurring, may overtake that of car accidents.
Mr. Samuel Asiamah, said that , the commission was warming up to intensify measures to remedy the situation through public education, alongside the enforcement of the law with the help of the existing task force.
” Our target is not to arrest but to educate people but education has to go with the enforcement of the law,” he underlined.
The commission he noted, would clamp down on all defaulters of road safety regulations so as to promote sanity among road users, challenging that all who want to ride or use motorcycle, must go by the law or find themselves arrested and prosecuted.