The Inspector General of Police, John Kudalor, as part of measures to ensure a violence free election, on Tuesday, October 4, issued a directive to police personnel to suspend all motor-checks and inspection of licenses in the country with immediate effect
This directive, like many of the actions the IGP, has taken since assuming that position, was received by well- many well meaning Ghanaians, who have raised legitimate concerns.
By well-meaning Ghanaians, we do not mean politicians, who are reading too many meanings into this action that to a large extent is trying to shift the focus and attention of police personnel.
We cannot be doing the same things over and over again, and expect different results. One of the major concerns raised by some people is the fear that, this directive could lead to increase in road accidents.
We are already recording carnages on our roads, which could be attributed to so many factors and not just people driving without drivers license or
This directive, in the opinion of The Herald, is a good and practical decision by the IGP, to try something new, as what has been done over the years, seems not to be yielding any positive results.
The random checks and unnecessary mounting of barriers, some which are not sanctioned and inconveniencing motorists, have sincerely become nothing more than opportunities to extort motorists, especially commercial drivers and needlessly delaying passengers, if the drivers do not cooperate.
This directive, which we hope the IGP and the police service, will not yield to pressure from politicians and some civil society groups, is not an endorsement of illegal drivers, unsafe vehicles etc.
The logical conclusion and is something we should all ponder over is that, so far so much effort, has been put into the checking of licenses, road worthy certificates, insurance etc, but the benefit has not been commensurate.
In any events, the rickety vehicles on our roads, which are a danger to the travelling public, get insured, road worthy certificates, and the police have watched unconcerned, expect taking bribes to allow the cars to ply our roads.
We often sit in Accra and the regional capitals and make noise about issues like this directive, without having a clue, what happens in our villages and rural areas, where a taxi, which ordinarily is registered to take five passengers, takes more than ten.
There are other smart ways of enforcing road safety regulations, let us all get behind the IGP and the Police Service, the directive has hardly been tested and we are criticizing it already.
This could be the solution to the age old problem of road accidents.