Police demand stiffer punishment for road traffic offenders

Apam (C/R), May 9, GNA – Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Cephus Edzeani, Apam District Police Commander, has called for stiffer punishment for drivers who flout road traffic regulations.

He said drivers who rampantly flout road traffic regulations could have their license revoked or banned from driving for a certain period to serve as a deterrent to others.

ASP Edzeani said this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on the sidelines of a road safety education campaign carried out in the Central Region on Monday.

It was organised jointly by the Red Cross Society, National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the Ghana Police Service as part of activities to mark this year’s World Red Cross Day and West Africa Road Safety Organisation (WARSO) Day respectively.

He said most road accidents were caused due to disregard of road traffic regulations, drink-driving, fatigue, over-loading, failure to use seat belts, needless over-taking and speeding.

The campaign, carried on the Cape Coast-Accra Highway, focused on speed reduction and received positive responses from drivers and passengers.

ASP Edzeani said the fine punishment by the law courts was not enough because offenders pay the fines but always go back to commit the same offence knowing that the only punishment would be a fine.

‘Considering the degree of the offense, the Police should be able to recommend to the judge to ban or revoke the license of the offender’, he said.

He commended the Red Cross and the NRSC for the initiative to sensitise drivers and other road users to know their roles and responsibilities in preventing road accidents and urged them to do it on regular basis.

Mr John Ekwow Aidoo, Central Regional Manager of the Ghana Red Cross Society (GRCS), expressed worry that the region has been classified as one of the most accident prone areas in the country.

He said many precious lives have been lost over the years through motor accidents on the Cape Coast-Accra Highway, hence the need for all stakeholders to get on board.

Mr Aidoo said the RCS was not only to respond swiftly to emergency situations, but also to educate the citizenry on all aspects of preventive measures to ensure the full protection of the health of the people at all times.

Linda Affotey-Annang, Regional Planning Officer of the NRSC, said this year’s celebration focused on speed reduction for drivers to appreciate its dangers.

She said it was also to help generate measures needed to address speed related crashes to save lives and reduce the road traffic crashes and casualties.

The Commission, she said, would continue to partner road safety stakeholders like the Red Cross and the Police to undertake road safety education and called on the public play their expected roles.


By Afedzi Abdullah, GNA