The Accra Central Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service on Thursday mounted a stealth operation on Hilla Liman Highway leading to the arrest of 35 drivers.
The drivers were arrested for driving above the legally specified speed limit of 50 km/hr at which a vehicle could drive in the city.
The operation which started at 10: 00 am was in collaboration with the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS) and sought to among other things help to reduce road crashes recorded in the city.
Speaking to the media Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah said one of the Assembly’s key objectives was to ensure safety on the roads hence the operation to deter motorists.
“One of the Assembly’s key objectives is to ensure safety on the roads, we have been supporting the MTTD with logistic and capacity building for experts to enforce road safety regulations in Accra… The operation is being carried out every week with or without the media… We have noticed that most motorists do not comply with posted speed limits.”
He said the consequences of speeding was fatal adding that road crash data on mortality trends in Accra increased by 32% between 2019 and 2020.
He pointed out that with all the crashes, vulnerable road users accounted for 85 per cent of deaths with 56 per cent being among pedestrians hence the need to enforce regulations and educate motorists.
“Out of the data 56 per cent of victims were pedestrians, 28 per cent, motorcyclists, also the highest proportion of reported deaths were those in the youthful and economically active age group of 20 to 39 years… This is worrying and it is clear that vulnerable road users become victims of overspeeding.
“Our aim is to achieve a zero road crash fatality in the city of Accra hence our continuous support to the MTTD… We have supported them with Laser Cam 4-speed detection devices and this is what they are using here for the operation,” he added.
The Commander of the Accra Central MTTD, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Martin Ayiih, used the opportunity to admonish motorists to slow down and drive within the posted speed limits to avoid arrest and prosecution.