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Police fails to prosecute traffic offenders in Nanumba District

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justiceThe Director General of Motor Traffic Transport Department of Ghana Police Service, has expressed concern that for the past two years no road traffic offence has been prosecuted in the Nanumba District in Northern Region.

Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Angwubutoge Awuni said it is unfortunate that though police personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit are always at work on the various roads they have failed to prosecute any offender.

He has therefore directed the Regional Police Command to submit road traffic management report to the department with immediate effect.

ACP Awuni was speaking at the opening session of a day’s training workshop on the new road traffic regulation Legislative Instrument (LI) 2180 in Sunyani.

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) in collaboration with the Judicial Training Institute with funding from the European Union organised the workshop, which was attended by judges, lawyers, transport unions and the police.

It was aimed at sensitising the participants on the new road traffic regulations.

ACP Awuni expressed the need for the police and the judiciary to strengthen a healthy relationship in the prosecution of road traffic offences.

He said road crashes its attendant deaths would continue to be a national challenge if the police failed to arraign traffic offenders for prosecution.

Mr Daniel Osafo Adonteng, Director of Planning and Programmes of the NRSC who presented a paper on: “Road situation in Ghana, the role of enforcement agencies,” said an average of 2000 persons die through road accidents in the country every year.

He said Ghana loses 1.6 per cent of its Gross Domestic Product annually to road accidents and appealed to the participants to support in the enforcement of the LI.

Mr Adonteng said road safety education is a shared and collective responsibility and appealed to the public to support the drive.

Source: GNA

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