Chief Supt Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong
The Community Policing Division of the Ghana Police Service has advised motor bike riders to adhere to road safety measures when riding.
The riders, made up of mostly the youth, were educated on the dangers they posed to other road users and themselves whenever they flouted road safety regulations.
Some bad habits exhibited by road users, such as dangerously hanging on tricycles, passengers refusal to wear helmet and using unapproved u-turns were shown to participants.
Chief Superintendent Habiba Twumasi-Sarpong, Director of Community Policing, addressing the topic: ?Security on Roads, the Riders Responsibility?, at a seminar held for chiefs and opinion leaders of the Nima community, said statistics gathered by the police showed that out of the over 2000 motor accidents recorded in 2013, 1000 were motor bikes.
She further explained that 75 percent of the total number was recorded in Accra and Tema, thereby, raising concerns over the lives that were lost only in the two towns.
Chief Supt Twumasi-Sarpong, therefore, encouraged the gathering to ensure that members of their community adhered strictly to all basic security regulations when riding their bikes.
?The youth are those that ride the motor bikes, they are our future and productive population, so we have to ensure that our roads are safe for both the riders and other road users,? she said.
She also called for the support of the leaders in the community, saying, ?The police alone cannot do it, we need the support of the community to help reduce this alarming accident rate.?.
The police also took the participants through the activities of the Community Policing Division of the Police Service.
By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri