The Mayor of Accra, Mr Mohammed Adjei Sowah, has cautioned motorists to comply with the 50km/h and 30km/h speed limits in urban and school areas, respectively, as stipulated in the Ghana Road Traffic Regulations (L.I.2180) when using city roads.
This, according to him, would go a long way to helping reduce the high rate of road crash fatalities and injuries in the city.
Mr Sowah gave the advice during a field training session on the Kawukudi- 37 link in Accra on Friday, 1 November 2019 to equip police officers from the Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) with the skills to operate a newly-acquired speed detection device; Laser Cam 4, which saw the arrest of 13 motorists driving above the 50km/h speed limit.
“We have a major challenge with speeding in Accra. This year, over 1,500 people have died from road crashes, it could be your relative or friend. We came here to test-run the new speed guns and we are going to hand them over to the police soon to enforce speeding regulations.
“The new devices would help provide evidence to help prosecute motorists who speed. Today, 95 per cent of all vehicles on the Kawukudi – 37 link were speeding above the speed limit and this is unacceptable.
“Once the police capture the evidence of your speeding and presents it to the court, your guess is as good as mine”, he said.
According to the mayor, "Data from the MTTD indicates that 70 per cent of road crash victims were pedestrians. A life lost means a lot to us, everybody matters. Today, we are cautioning all of you to be responsible and obey the rules and be ambassadors for road safety”, he added.