Kpeshie Divisional Motor Traffic Transport Department Station Commander of the Ghana Police Service in the Greater Accra Region, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Madam Stella Ewool, has warned drivers against reckless driving before, during and after the Christmas festivities.
She stressed that it was bad for drivers to load passengers from the lorry stations only to perish in the middle of the journey as a result of reckless driving and wrongful overtaking.
She, therefore, cautioned the drivers to be circumspect in their work, stating that it was unprofessional for a driver to drink alcohol while driving.
Again, the senior police officer cautioned drivers not to take advantage of the festive season to speed on the roads, and urged them to check their tyres, defective wipers and other fixtures on their cars before embarking on a journey.
She urged the drivers to be careful about the fog, which reduces visibility and results in frequent accidents on the road during the Harmattan period.
According to her, the government spends huge sums of money on road accidents annually due to unchanged behaviour on the part of some drivers.
Speaking at a workshop at Nungua Lorry Station, which was organised by the Ghana Road Safety Commission (GRSC) in collaboration with MTTD to sensitise drivers to ensure safety on the roads during Christmas, ASP Ewool said another problem that was promoting road crashes in the country was the lack of road markings.
She, therefore, urged Ghana urban roads to do road markings at zebra crossings and at traffic light to enhance safety on Ghana’s roads
ASP Ewool also cautioned drivers against the use of drugs such as tramadol and alcoholic drinks when driving.
She advised pedestrians not to pick vehicles at unauthorisd places but rather go to main stations to board vehicles to their various destinations.
The Chairman of Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) Nungua, Nii Aryee Isaac, assured the Ghana National Road Safety Commission and MTTD officers that the executives would do everything possible to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and all road users during and after the Yuletide.
But he was quick to call on floating drivers to join unions and stop picking passengers at unapproved places.
He also urged drivers’ union executives to always ensure the road worthiness of their vehicles.