Ghana has a lot of good laws, but their implementation has always been a problem.
With the high spate of road traffic accidents in the country, it is about time the country considered enforcing some of numerous traffic regulations in order to save lives.
Although Ghanaian road users typically get away with the following traffic offences, they may attract jail time in other jurisdictions.
1. Jumping the red light
Drivers jump the red light every day without repercussion in Ghana, but elsewhere, it is a serious offence. An offender may fined on the spot or suspended from driving for a while or even have their licence revoked.
2. Not wearing seat belts
Seat belts save lives but many vehicles in Ghana , especially the commercial ones, do not have functioning seat belts. Even drivers whose vehicles have seat belts do not use them. It is against the law not to use seat belts, but nobody enforces it. Elsewhere, you would be fined.
Commercial drivers, especially, are known to stretch their vehicles beyond its limit by carrying more passengers and goods than required. This can lead to accidents. Elsewhere, this would not even be contemplated.
4. Exceeding the speed limit
Drivers in Ghana are known to exceed the speed limit, often resulting in accidents. Elsewhere, this is a serious crime that can lead to a fine or the withdrawal of an offender's licence. In serious cases, the offender may be sent to cool off in jail.
5. Driving through "one way" streets
In a bid to beat traffic, some Ghanaian drivers resort to driving through 'one way' streets with impunity. Elsewhere, such a brazen act of lawlessness can land the offender in jail.
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