Director to the Western Region Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Supt. Richard Appiah has argued that the country’s laws are not punitive enough to deter reckless drivers who cause accidents on our roads.
Chief Supt Appiah maintains that fines and other sanctions given motorists are rather small. He is therefore calling for a significant rise to fees, fines and other charges or sanctions given motorist who cause the loss of lives and damages to properties in the country.
“We need punitive laws as far as road safety is concerned. Sometimes penalties are a bit low which does not serve much as deterrent. I think policy makers can take this up so that road traffic regulations could proffer some punishment that would at least be deterring enough to these motorist”, he said.
Six lives were lost to a gory motor accident last weekend at Obiri Lotteries along the Apollo- Nkrawful highways. Many have blamed these accidents along that road on carelessness and over-speeding by motorist. Several others have also called for the construction of Traffic lights and speed rumps to curb the situation.
Responding to concerns by residents of the oil city, Chief Supt Richard Appiah emphasized that the MTTD is under-staffed, hence their invisibility on the roads to check on pedestrians and motorist. That notwithstanding, the department will mobile personnel to accident prone areas to manage traffic, he told Host of the Jolly Breakfast Show Samuel Kojo Brace, on Skyy Power Fm, this morning.
“We have some challenges with personnel but we would ensure we manage the situation with the little that we have”,Chief Supt Appiah assured.