Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Felix Fosu-Agyeman, new Western Regional Commander of the Ghana Police Service, has hinted that his outfit would consider the execution of the ‘War Against Indiscipline’ campaign to clamp down on indiscipline on the roads among motorists and other road users in the Western Region.
He explained that the troubling statistics of road crashes in the region informed the decision to embark on such mission and added that the exercise will not necessarily target commercial drivers but every undisciplined driver including motor riders.
DCOP Fosu-Agyeman made this disclosure during his maiden meeting with journalists at the regional headquarters of the service in Sekondi when this reporter asked a question on the issues of indiscipline on our roads among road users in the region.
According to the National Road Safety Commission, which seeks to promote safer roads for pedestrians and motorists, between 1991 and 2018, more than 41,000 people have lost their lives in various road crashes.
In January 2019 alone, more than 190 people lost their lives in one road crash or the other.
The campaign was launched by Citi FM/TV in Accra in May 2019 to highlight the chaos widespread on our roads among motorists and other road users.
Since the launch, two cities, Accra and Kumasi, have embraced it with positive outcomes.
Given the impact the campaign has had so far on road traffic breaches and its potential impact on both motorists and pedestrians, it was appropriate that the relevant stakeholders mandated to ensure safer roads step up their game to continue the gains the campaign has chalked.
Clearly, there was little motivation on the part of the police and other agencies to step up their efforts to check errant drivers and motorists.
Even where the motivation exists, the absence of speed cameras, functioning traffic lights or even mere street lights make it near impossible to ensure the right thing was done at all times.
There is the need for government to explore other alternative cost-effective means of ensuring sanity prevails on our roads without unduly burdening the national purse.
Indiscipline is a gold mine and if we are serious, the campaign to promote discipline on our roads can pay for itself.
If for nothing at all, the increasing number of lives lost on our roads year-in-year-out should give government the necessary political will to see an initiative like this beyond the finish line.
Story: From Seth AMEYAW DANQUAH,
SEKONDI, WESTERN REGION