A Road Safety expert has advocated the separation of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) from the police administration to end the spate of road carnage in the country.
Nana Annoh-Amihere says road accidents are increasing despite the many safety campaigns because of the corrupt attitudes of police officials.
He asserts police personnel posted to check suspecting behaviors of motorists end up glossing over their responsibilities and taking money.
Speaking to Gifty Andoh, host of The Pulse programme on JOYNEWS channel on MultiTV Tuesday, Nana Amihere said the problem with Ghana’s road safety campaigns is about leadership.
“Nana Akufo-Addo should look at this proposal seriously to see if he can give full autonomy to the MTTD and give it a commander who is a no nonsense [person],” he said.
National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) statistics showed a decrease in road accidents in 2015 but a decrease in 2016.
“Compared to the situation in the same period in the year 2014, there were reductions in cases reported and vehicles involved in road traffic crashes by 17.3% and 17.02% respectively. Again, there were reductions in the number of deaths and injuries by 12% and 19% in 2015 over that of the figures recorded in 2014,” NRSC said in a 2016 statement.
The NRSC estimate put the total number of lives lost in 2016 at 2,198 representing an increase of 5.64 compared to the figure for 2015.
The Upper West Region recorded 64 road accidents in 2015.
Nana Annoh-Amihere who is the President of the Ghana Institute of Safety and Environmental Professionals (GhISEP) said the situation could improve if government delink MTTD from the police.
“Political interference in the work of the MTTD is too much,” he said, urging the President to appoint people who have the interest of the nation at heart.
Meanwhile, a stakeholders’ meeting held in Cape Coast on Tuesday has ended with the commitment of participants to address the issue of road accidents.
They berated passengers for their failure to call drivers to order when they make needless overtaking, promising to monitor activities of motorists in the Central Region.
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