An all year long aggressive campaign, has been launched in Accra to sensitize riders of motorcycles to end crashes.
Dubbed, “Stop The Motorcycle Crashes Now”, riders are to be educated on the need for obeying road traffic regulations and operate professionally.
Organized by Precise Driving School,the campaign is to be taken to all districts of the country where motor cycle is being operated on commercial basis, according to its General Manager. Mr Emmamuel Tetteh Addo.
The objectives among other things is to advocate compliance with road traffic rules byriders, the use of protective gear and to advocate for favourable attitude towards motor cycle behaviors.
But the overall goal is advocate the right riding behavior to prevent crashes, serious injuries and fatalities in Ghana through road safety awareness and education campaigns.
Speaking at the launch on Wednesday, the Director of Planning and Programmes at the National Road Safety Authority, Ing David Adonteng, bemoaned the reckless behaviour of riders of motorcycles which results in avoidable crashes.
He said riders of motorcycles have virtually become annoying in the eyes of every Ghanaian because of their behaviour on the road.
The Director for Training, Testing and Licensing at the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority ( DVLA) Mr Kafui Semevo who was at the launch, hinted of reforms that are to be rolled out by the DVLA to ensure more sanity among motorbike riders.
As part of the reforms which will be rolled out in 2022, Mr Kemevo, said all riders will be mandated to go through a training organised by DVLA, before they can be allowed to acquire a license .
The Director of Operations for the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department ( MTTD) Dr.Supt Sasu Mensah stressed that they will continue to arrest and prosecute offenders of road traffic regulation.
The launch of the programme, had some commercial motorcycle operators popularly known as Okada in attendance.
The President of their association, Mr Michael Kofi Owusu complained about police harassment and call on all the stakeholders to work together, in order to end motor cycle crashes.