Personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Police Service drawn from the Northern, Upper East and Upper West Regions are attending a two-day seminar in Bolgatanga.
The Seminar organized by the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Unit Department (MTTD) in collaboration with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) also attracted other major stakeholders including the GPRTU and transport operators.
Speaking at the opening session the Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Angwubutoge Awuni said the programme was very timely since the period was close to Christmas festivities when accidents increase due the recklessness of drivers.
DCOP Awuni appealed to the leadership of the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) to talk to their members said the law would not spare them when caught.
He also warned Police Personnel of MTTU to desist from taking bribes from drivers and to ensure that they acted professionally by enforcing Road Traffic Regulations.
DCOP Awuni said from January to September there were 9,661 accidents involving 15,592 vehicles leading to 1,441 deaths and 1,985 pedestrians being knocked down.
In 2013, there 10,242 accidents involving 16,242 vehicles with 1,539 deaths and 1,944 pedestrians knock downs.
He said though there had been some reduction, things must not be taken for granted and expressed the optimism that the seminar which would be replicated in the Ashanti, Eastern including all the Regions would help curb the carnage on the roads.,
The Deputy Upper East Regional Minister, Mr Daniel Syme, said the government was worried about the road carnage and called on all the stakeholders to enforce road traffic regulations.
He expressed the hope that with the introduction of the electronic worthiness certificate to be issued by the DVLA , vehicles which are found not to be road worthy would be weeded off the road.