Police adopt new measures to reduce accidents and robbery

The Motor Traffic Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Tarkwa Divisional Police has instituted new measures to minimise the spate of armed robbery and accidents within their jurisdiction. Briefing the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview at Tarkwa, DSP Isaac K. Sorkpah said the Police recorded two accidents which claimed three lives with 15 people being injured between Kofigyankrom and Agona, in August alone. He said travelling traders are usually attacked by armed robbers so patrol teams have been formed to safeguard lives and property. On accidents, DSP Sokpah said most drivers who ply the Takoradi-Tarkwa-Bogoso road over speed because of the good condition of the road. Additionally, he said, fog, lack of street lights and the absence of markings on the road, have been identified as some of the reasons for the increasing cases. He said to prevent the driving of rickety vehicles, night and dawn snap checks would be intensified, while drivers would be prevented from using foodstuff trucks to transport passengers. DSP Sorkpah advised drivers who travel at night to take their rest at designated places to avoid, “sleep driving” and urged passengers to be bold to tell over speeding drivers to slow down.