Use ICT-based systems to enforce speed regulations – NSRC urges MTTD

Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah

Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has urged the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service to adopt Information and Communication Technology (ICT)-based systems for enforcement of speed regulations.

This, according to May Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director, would ensure greater compliance with speed regulations and enable the operationalisation of spot fine and speed cameras on roads and highways in the country.

The use of ICT-based systems, she noted would scale up prosecution of traffic offenders and support the fight against indiscipline in the use of roads by drivers and pedestrians.

Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah made these remarks in Accra yesterday during the observation of the West Africa Road safety Organisation (WARSO) Day by the Commission.

The occasion, celebrated concurrently with the United Nations Global Road Safety Week, which began May 8 to 14, was also to launch a campaign against speeding on the theme “Save Lives: Slow Down”.

According to the Executive Director, the celebration was to increase the understanding of the dangers of speed and generate action on measures to address speeding, thereby saving lives and properties on the roads.

The Commission, she said, in its quest to reduce road crashes would intensify its advocacy and visibility at both the national and regional level through education, publicity, monitoring and research.

From June next year, the NRSC, Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah added would call for an end to the use of sub-standard tyres and commences the removal of disabled vehicles from the roads by July.

The NRSC, which was in the process of securing the status of an authority or agency, she explained, would ensure institutions comply with their road safety related standards.

To curb the growing rate of road carnages, the executive director appealed to the Ghana Highway Authority and other road agencies to develop traffic control measures, signage and markings including the ‘zebra crossing’ and footbridges on highways for pedestrians.

Director for Planning and Programming, NRSC, David Adonten, said speeding contributed to about 38 per cent of pedestrian knockdowns, resulting in deaths and injuries as well as 17 per cent of passenger deaths and injuries.

Motorcycle related crashes and casualties, wrongful overtakings and head-on-collisions, tyre burst and run-offs and somersaulting, Mr. Adonten explained recorded major increases due to speeding.

“In Ghana, speeding contributes to 60 per cent of all fatal crashes,” he stated and appealed to the general public to support the Commission’s effort to reduce road carnage in the country.

By Claude Nyarko Adams           

 

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