Head of Regulatory, Inspectorate and Compliance at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Mr Kwame Koduah Atuahene has revealed that, the government together with regulatory bodies are working to acquire sophisticated technology to aid the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service in their operations.
According to Mr Atuahene, government is focused on clamping down on indiscipline on our roads, He said violators of traffic regulations after being found guilty can serve a jail term not exceeding 5 years or pay a cash fine of Gh¢2,400.
Mr Atuahene said this at a webinar organized by The Ghana Insurers Association together with the National Insurance Commission of Ghana in commemoration of this year’s International Insurance Awareness Day.
The webinar, dubbed ”The Indiscipline And Carnage On Our Roads Must Stop-Every Life Matters” happened via zoom on Monday, June 28, 2021.
Present at the event were stakeholders from the insurance industry including Dr Justice Yaw Ofori, Commissioner-National Insurance Commission; lng. David Osafo Adonteng, Director of planning and Programmes-National Road Safety Authority; Superintendent Alexander Kwaku Obeng, Director of Education, Research and Planning-Motor Traffic and Traffic Directorate, Ghana Police Service.
The Commissioner of Insurance, Dr Ofori, during this remarks emphasised on the need for individuals and organisations to review and validate their insurance policies to extricate them from unforeseen inconveniences.
Speaking at the launch, he recounted some gory fatalities on our roads which claimed lives of some road users.
Dr Ofori cautioned motorists to adhere to traffic regulations as well as safety precautions which would have prevented some of these fatalities that claimed lives.
The President of Ghana Insurers Association, Ms Aretha Duku, during her presentation at the webinar revealed that Ghana loses about 2% of its Gross Domestic Products (GDP) to road crashes. She reiterated the need to wage war against this canker that continues to claim precious lives and destroy properties.
lng. David Osafo Adonteng accentuated the need for government and other stakeholders to join the fight in reducing road accidents.
He pointed that road accidents are no longer on the rise during festive season, rather it occurs everyday and month. He called out on the government to mete out stiffer punishments to motorists who violate traffic regulations to serve as a deterrent to others and not just a slap on the wrist.
Source: Felix Buabeng | PR Practitioner | Road Safety