‘Party Supporters must obey traffic regulations’

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei Sarpong, the Director-General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), has cautioned supporters of political parties to abide by road safety regulations to prevent road crashes during the December election.

He noted that during elections some party supporters do not adhere to traffic rules leading to accidents and loss of lives and property.

” In 2012,  2,249 deaths were recorded and 14,181 people also sustained various degrees of injuries.” ACP Sarpong said.

ACP Sarpong told The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday that during campaigns,  supporters tend to overload their vehicles and block roads to jubilate, which sometimes result in fatalities.

He asked leaders of political parties to protect the electorate and to ensure that competent people manage their transportation during campaigns and rallies.

ACP Sarpong said as part of efforts to reduce the crashes, the MTTD in collaboration with stakeholders in the transport sector had educated political party members.

He asked leaders of political parties to contact the police when oraganising peace walk and other programmes, for police assistance.

“Do not organised funfairs, burn tyres and block roads as a way of jubilation because such practice contravenes the road safety regulations” he added.

 

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

 

 

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