The Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, has revealed that, the unit has generated a whopping amount of GH¢56, 480 into the Consolidated Fund, as part fines imposed on drivers for the first half of the year.
The commander of the unit, Assistant Commission of Police (ACP), Anderson Ackaah, made this revelation as part of the achievements chalked by the unit, when he addressed officers of the Central MTTU at the annual get-together to take stock of the operations of the unit in Accra.
He used the occasion to congratulate the officers and men of the Central, Divisional and District MTTUs in the metropolis for their hard work over the past years.
He said, the dynamics of traffic management and control, continue to pose serious challenges to the Ghana Police Service, and in particular the Motor Traffic Department.
He said, the issues of congested roads with the rising number of vehicles, are a major challenge for traffic managers.
He said, although the government has extended the lengths of roads, the numbers of vehicles keeps increasing.
This has caused the road space to continue decreasing, thereby causing more challenges for the traffic managers, he said.
He noted that a society’s safety culture indicates the level of traffic safety for its members, while vehicles allows “us to move with ease, they also create problems such as traffic jam, parking, air pollution and accidents among others”
He said, in order to curtail these problems; citizens and Police officers must be fully aware of their responsibilities and live up to them.
He appealed to public to establish the safety cultures by cultivating the habit of regular maintenance of their vehicles.
He said if citizens and cooperate institutions support and cooperate with the Police and there is governmental support, the level of indiscipline on ‘our roads in recent times would be remedied.
He was quick to add that the unit will intensify its driver and public education programmes to ensure prompt response to traffic problems and organize short term training programmes to enhance the skills and knowledge of personnel.
He maintained that the unit would continue to collaborate with stakeholders to achieve the national target for reduction in road traffic crashes.
Addressing the unit officers, Director-General of Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), ACP Awuni, assured the unit officers that, the government has promise to solve the logistics problems that is confronting the unit.
In all three officers namely; Samuel Arko, S.Y. Asukah and Yeboah Asiamah, were awarded for their dedicated service to the unit over the years.