Ghana Police Halting motor-check will increase road accidents - NRSC

The Ghana Police Command issued an internal memo signed by the Commissioner of Police Ransford Moses Ninson ordering its personnel to suspend motor-checks on the country’s roads with immediate effect.

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The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has hinted that the decision by the Ghana Police Service to halt motor-check on the country's roads could lead to more accidents.

The commission also described the directive as shocking adding that it  will counter measures being put in place by the commission to ensure safety on the roads.  

The Ghana Police Command issued an internal memo signed by the Commissioner of Police Ransford Moses Ninson ordering its personnel to suspend motor-checks on the country’s roads with immediate effect.

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“All motor checks in the country are to be suspended with immediate effect.”

Though the memo contained no reason for this directive, it requested that “MTTD personnel are to be used only for traffic management duties.”

The Police Wireless Message which was meant for the top hierarchy of the service also indicated that the Highway Patrol Units are to check for other things but not vehicle documents and driver’s license.

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“The highway patrol units are only to check for arms/ammunition and drugs. No vehicle documents and drivers licenses are to be inspected by the highway patrol.

“Regional /Divisional /District and Unit Commanders are to ensure that no permits are issued for motor check duties,” the memo added.

But the Executive Director of the National Road Safety Commission, May Obiri-Yeboah argues that the directive wills only increase the number of accidents on the country’s roads: “a big blow and I am afraid it will lead to more accidents”.

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She added that the decision could counter measure being put in place by the commission to ensure safety on the roads.

The NRSC has so far recorded over 1,500 road accident-related deaths from January to September this year.

“It is just some few months to Christmas and also the elections and a lot of movement is expected. We think it is rather a time to strengthen enforcement for people to obey the rules and save more people on our roads,” she told Accra-based Joy FM.

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