The first deputy speaker of parliament, Joseph Osei-Owusu, has urged the Motto Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, to arrest and prosecute members of parliament who break traffic rules just as they will arrest any other Ghanaian.
According to a report sighted by YEN.com.gh on Starrfmonline.com, the legislator said his call was going to go a long way in strengthening traffic regulations in the country.
He made the statement while commenting on the briefing of parliament on the recent road accidents by the minister for transport, Kwaku Asiama.
“If it’s growing and emboldening other people who are breaching the rules, indeed no member who is not in the security agency is entitled to use those lights and sirens in their vehicles, so those who use them should be prosecuted,” Osei-Owusu noted.
Meanwhile, the Inspector General of Police, David Asante Apeatu, has announced a partnership with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority(DVLA) to clamp down on people who use sirens unlawfully.
The police have been widely criticized for their inability to arrest drivers who misuse sirens on the roads especially the in the cities.
According to the IGP, the abuse of sirens had become a concern for most road users and the public has been advised to report such incidents for immediate action.
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Speaking at a joint press conference organized by the two agencies, the IGP noted that, the move was necessary to deal with the chaos caused by defiant road users.
“This joint press conference is intended to address the growing misuse of sirens by certain individuals and institutions in the country. The practice of illegal use of sirens poses a huge risk to unsuspecting road users not to mention the disincentive to our collective fight against noise pollution,” the IGP said.
This year alone, a worrying number of road accidents have been recorded and they have left in their wake, deaths and loss of property.
Such rampant accidents sparked the Adentan-Madina riots which forced government's hand to complete some abandoned six foot bridges.
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