MTTD, AMA Guards receive safety gadgets

Mr Sowah (right) handing of the items to DCOP Mr.  Danquah (second from left)

Mr Sowah (right) handing of the items to DCOP Mr. Danquah (second from left)

The Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service and Metro Guards of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) have been equipped with road safety gadgets to complement their work.

The equipment, worth $100,000 was donated to them through collaboration between the AMA and the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS), a non-profit organisation.

The MTTD received 20 LED light batons, 200 reflective vests, 100 Traffic cones, 70 mounted directional signs, 50 rain coats and  two boxes of latex gloves while the city guards  had  100 reflective vests, 100 LED light batons and 50 rain coats.

At the opening of a three day training course on road side checks for drink driving enforcement, where the items were handed over, the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said the gesture was to help reduce road crashes in the capital.

Expressing worry over road safety in the capital, he disclosed that over a five-year period, from 2011 to 2015, a total of 13,616 crashes have been recorded in Accra alone.

From 2,839  crashes recorded   in  2011,  it  increased   to 3,024 in 2012  ;  decreased to 2511  in   2013, further down to  2,260 in  2014   but  increased in 2015 to 2, 982.

Of the crashes, 951 were fatal, 2,371 resulted in hospitalisation of victims, 3,568 were injured but not hospitalised and 6, 726 involved damage of vehicle and property only.

Without giving further figures, Mr Sowah said provisional data for 2016 and the first half of 2017 from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) indicated an increase in deaths and injuries.

He said the gesture was a demonstration of the commitment of AMA and BIGRS towards road safety and called on all to work assiduously to bring the startling figures down and achieve zero road crashes.

Touching on drink-driving, he said a research conducted by Building and Road Institute indicates that the prevalence was very high in Ghana as compared to many industrialised countries and called for stricter enforcement of laws.

To reduce accidents during Christmas Mr Sowah said AMA will team up with MTTD but urged the MTTD to expedite action on the inspection of vehicles to ensure free flow of traffic.

DCOP Mr Anane Danquah, Deputy Director General of MTTD, expressed gratitude to the AMA and BIGRS for the equipment and pledged to utilise them to ensure safety on roads.

By Jonathan Donkor




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