Enforcement of road traffic regulations in the Greater Accra Region during this rainy season, will be a “difficult” task for personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), of the Ghana Police Service.
The Department which needs about 1,200 raincoats for personnel working in the region alone, cannot boast of a single raincoat as at now and this unpleasant situation is attributed to lack of logistics.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police and Staff Officer to the Director-General of MTTD, Mr. Samuel Sasu-Mensah, revealed this at a road safety workshop in Accra yesterday.
It was organised by Bloomberg Philanthropies, a United States of America-based organisation in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), to support municipal governments and police to effectively enforce road traffic interventions among others.
The five-year Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety, is meant to address road traffic issues in five countries and 10 cities in the world.
China, India, Philippines, Thailand and Tanzania, are the five countries while the 10 cities include Accra (Ghana), Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) Bandung (Indeonesia), Bangkok (Thailand), Bogota (Columbia), Fortaleza and Sao Paolo (Brazil), Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam), Mumbai (India), and Shanghai (China).
The logistics constraints have further aggravated the situation in the Greater Accra Region because the MTTD presently has only 10 radar guns to check over-speeding instead of 100 radar guns, Alcohol meters-10 instead of 100, motor- cycles 10 instead of 50, reflective Vests — 20 instead of 3,000, raincoats — nil, instead of 1,200, white hand gloves-nil instead of 3,000 and Police Patrol Vehicles-10 instead of 30 patrol vehicles.
DSP Sasu-Mensah said that notwithstanding the constraints and difficulties, personnel are still committed in ensuring that the road traffic regulations are enforced for sanity to prevail on the road so as to drastically reduce road crashes to the barest minimum.
He, therefore, appealed to corporate bodies, philanthropic institutions and individuals to support the Ghana Police Service especially, the MTTD.
The Director in-charge of Planning and Programmes at the National Road Safety Commission and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, Mr. David Osafo Adonteng, said that the Commission and other stakeholders would work hard to reduce road crashes in the country.
Participants were drawn from the Ghana Police Service (MTTD), National Road Safety Commission, Road Safety Management Services Limited, Traditional Councils, Imani Ghana, Accra Metropolitan Assembly, World Bank, Accra Metropolitan Education Office, Town and Country Planning Department, and the Non-Formal Education Unit of the Ghana Education Service, among other institutions.
By Castro Zangina-Tong