As part of measures to encourage personnel of the Central Motor, Transport and Traffic Unit of the Ghana Police Service relax after work, management of the unit, has organized West Africa Security Services Association (WASSA) celebrations to mark the end of the 2015 calendar year of the Unit.
The Herald gathered that, the ceremony which was an annual event, was this time fused with a walk and a clean-up exercise in the Central Business District of Accra last Sunday.
Speaking at the ceremony, the Commanding Officer of the Accra Central MTTU, ACP Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, revealed that an average of 24 people are knocked down daily in Accra, according to 2016 provisional road traffic crash and casualty statistics released by the Accra Central Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service.
He said, the current high spate of avoidable road crashes leading to numerous deaths, injuries and destruction of properties places a huge responsibility not only on police personnel, but also requires the general public to help curb the menace.
As parts of efforts to clampdown on traffic violations in the city, the Accra Central MTTU, has unveiled a special unit dubbed the “Red Light Team” , solely dedicated to tackling the menace of traffic offence.
According to him, the operation of the Red Light Team, is gradually changing the behaviour of both drivers and motor riders, who are in the habit of jumping the red light.
He said, the team alone cannot be everywhere and thus commended Graphic Online for joining the fight against traffic offences and urged all well-meaning Ghanaians to help in halting the abuse of traffic regulations.
“In order to achieve appreciable level of reduction in road crashes and fatalities on our roads, particular emphasis should be placed on education and enforcement of traffic laws and regulations,” he added.
ACP Fosu-Ackaah, used the occasion to call on political parties to advise their sympathizers and supporters to observe Road Traffic Regulations during the campaign period ahead of the 2016 elections, especially the use of unregistered motorbikes, DV number plates and overloading of party supporters from one location to the other.
The law, he said would not be relaxed during the period, hence any offender would be dealt with according to the law.
On his part, Director -General of the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD), ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong, reminded the personnel that 2016 is an election year, and therefore the MTTU would be challenged with increasing in discipline on the roads.
According to him, this is because party supporters attending political rallies, will flout the road traffic regulations and do their own thing.
‘Let there be paradigm shift in our operations by developing an appealing strategy which will be bought into all the political parties to be obedient to road traffic regulations to ensure safety during and after the election’, he cautioned
He called on them to intensify their educational activities targeted at the pedestrians for their safe use of the roads.
He urged the personnel to redouble their efforts at enforcement to make the other halve of the year from motor crashes on the roads.