Bloomberg, AMA road safety initiative exposes drunk drivers

Accra� Random checks by the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service reveal that some drivers in the the Accra Metropolis of drink and drive.

Majority of the drivers who went through alcohol level detection on the spot tested 0.08 to 0.27, indicating driving under the influence of alcohol, to the extent of failing basic rules.

The initiative was dubbed: If you drink, don’t drive and if you drive don’t drink.

The exercise formed part of the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) and Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) assessment to ensure drivers complied with simple basic driving regulations.

Accra was selected among 10 cities in the world in 2015 when the Bloomberg Philanthropies launched a road safety strategy to promote safer road environment.

The strategy looks at speed management on the road, the need to redesign safety of urban mobility systems, national constraints in Ghana, effective coordination and advocacy by road traffic agencies such as the National Road Safety Commission, the Department of Urban Roads, Ghana Highway Authority and the Ghana Police Service.

This is to comprehensively address speed management issues within Accra and promote enforcement and reforms especially the wearing of seatbelts, helmets and alcohol checks.

Madam Rebecca Bavinger, who led Bloomberg Philanthropies delegation from the United States, told the Ghana News Agency that she was impressed about the increase in crossing time for pedestrians from 15 seconds to 45 seconds.

She said the new development was designed to reduce speed limits and high fatalities on the N1 Intersection and the replacement of the new traffic lights, which would contribute immensely to the road safety initiative.

Mr Samuel Boamah Dankwa, an Engineer of AMA, who took the delegation to Abeka Lapaz to assess the implementation of the initiative, recognised road safety as a significant contributor to development.

He called on the media and stakeholders to join hands with the AMA to pursue free road traffic devoid of deaths and serious injuries.

Mr Osei Kufuor, the Bloomberg Coordinator at the AMA, expressed surprise about the high level of non-compliance of regulations on the roads and advised drivers to avoid such behaviours to help reduce the carnage on the roads.

He suggested for the enactment of a law to prevent drivers and car owners from converting cargo trucks into passenger buses, saying; Sprinter buses are cargo vehicles and are not for passenger use.

He commended the MTTD for its collaborative effort in minimising road accidents on the N1 Intersection and charged drivers to adhere to road regulations.

Source: Ghana News Agency