Acting Director of Regulations, Inspections, and Compliance at the National Road Safety Authority, Mr. Kwame Kodua Atuahene, wants restrictions to be placed on the operations of commercial motorcycles, popularly known as Okada.
He says that the temporal suspension of their activities will reduce the number of road accidents that are recorded daily.
Speaking on Behind The Headlines on Radio Univers 105.7FM, Mr. Atuahene said that motor-cycle-related accidents were on the rise in the country, hence, the need for the government to consider such an action.
“If you look at the data from the first quarter, close to 400 deaths were motorcycle-related out of a total of about 700 deaths this year. I have always said that as to whether it has to be legalized or not, they use the roads and the police must begin to enforce the law to the latter. The level of compliance is very low and until they begin to obey the laws, let us put restrictions on their movement for at least a month or two so they would begin to appreciate the level of danger to society.”
Mr. Kwame Kodua Atuahene further called for stricter punishment for persons whose actions cause road accidents.
“We have become very indiscipline on our roads and we say this with a lot of frustrations. I have said that we have to take a second look at the punishment we give to offenders. For an offense that has the potential of causing death, the person goes to court and fined just 300 cedis, I think it is not deterrent enough.”
He added that;
“The law now requires that we regulate every department in the country so even though the University of Ghana may not be running a public transport system, it puts a lot of cars on our roads. Therefore, there is the need for the transport department of the University of Ghana to come under our radar so that we are certain that every car that comes from the University onto our roads is in good condition. “
2021 Road Accident Statistics
According to statistics at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, 771 lives were lost in road-related accidents between January and March this year.
This was an increase of 29.58 percent over the figure for the same period in 2020, which was 595.
Story by: Stephen Adokpah | universnewsroom.com