Senior official urges digitization of Ghana’s road traffic policing system

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Ghana’s motor traffic policing needs to go digital in order to achieve improved road safety standards, Director in Charge of Education, Research and Training at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Obeng told Xinhua here via telephone on Wednesday.

He said with the rate of growth in urban motor traffic mix there is the need for Information and Communications Technology (ICT) intervention else the work would not see any significant improvement.

“We need to go digital. We cannot remain with this old fashion method of motor traffic policing since the increase in the vehicles on our roads has also come with an increased level of indiscipline,” Obeng remarked.

The police officer observed that with road infrastructure remaining virtually the same, the annual new vehicular registration had reached about 100,000.

“Studies have shown clearly that where you have huge increases in vehicular population with transport infrastructure not keeping pace there will always be congestion which can lead to a high traffic mix and may lead to accidents,” he pointed out.

Ghana experienced a marginal drop of 0.25 percent to 1,524 in road-crash related deaths between January and September this year relative to the 1,573 similar deaths recorded during the same period last year according to the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).

DSP Obeng described Ghana’s roads as overburdened with commuter vehicles struggling for space with articulated and cargo trucks with no alternatives like trams, subways and rails in urban transportation.

Pedestrian knock downs jumped from 2,068 in 2016 to 2,445 same periods in 2017 showing an 18.22 percent increase. It recorded 6,058 deaths which forms 43 percent of the total road crashes deaths.

He compared the Ghanaian situation with other countries where there are cameras strategically positioned and linked to a backroom where traffic is monitored electronically on screens.

The MTTD according to him, is working hard to bring their work up to international standards so that the human factor in traffic control and monitoring would be minimized.

In spite of these challenges on the roads, DSP Obeng urged Ghanaian motorists and pedestrians to exercise great discipline on the roads to help avoid unnecessary road crashes, especially as the yuletide season was approaching. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh

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