The Talk Is Too Much; Offenders Must Be Punished Lawfully

So let’s evade the talks and enforce the law completely without any annoying societal, religious, political or economical justifications. The system must work!

Obviously this statement practically shows that this unlawful and disturbing problem still exists in the country.

I can confidently recall that through Citi TV’s “War Against Indiscipline” campaign few years ago, the Deputy Managing Director of the Bulk Oil and Storage Transportation (BOST), Moses Asem was been arrested in 2019 for using a siren in his V8 to beat traffic on the Dawhenya highway.

The Government and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service over the past few years have served countless notice to the general public concerning the unconstitutional usage of siren by unauthorized motor vehicles.

Seeing this press release again tells me that The Road Traffic Act, 2004 as well as The Road Traffic Regulations, 2012 which are the legal frameworks for this problem hasn’t been fully utilized in persecuting offenders. This is because, the abuse of the siren usage by government officials and ministers is still alive in this country. It’s quite unfortunate that it has become a common feature on our roads particularly during rush hours.

Elsewhere the system is working. Offenders are been punished legally. Yes, a report that I read recently indicated that traffic police in other parts of the world including UK, India and US continue to arrest and prosecute drivers for unauthorized use of sirens and even flash red lights.

See, we’ve the law and it must work. The Road Traffic Act, 2004 (Act 683) is the fundamental law that deals with all matters pertaining to traffic and road use in the country.

So let’s evade the talks and enforce the law completely without any annoying societal, religious, political or economical justifications. The system must work!

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