Koforidua, Oct 31, GNA - Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Yaagy Akuriba, the Eastern Regional Police Commander, has said until society appreciated the need for drivers who flout road traffic regulations to be dealt with in accordance with the law, road crashes and fatalities would continue to soar.
ťThe phenomenon where people in high authority plead for drivers and others who flout road regulations is a recipe for chaos and we must allow the laws to work,Ł he said.
DCOP Akuriba attributed most road accidents to reckless driving, and wrongful over-taking, and called for concerted efforts from all road users, to address the situation.
Speaking at the fourth regional road safety awards ceremony in Koforidua, he said public education on road safety was not enough and that it was high time the laws were allowed to work.
DCOP Akuriba called for a change in the insurance policy to ensure that the law and system itself would force people to conform to the norm.
He expressed the hope that drivers would not just listen to the speeches and pleas on road safety but would put into practice all what they have learnt about safety to reduce road accidents.
Ms Helen Adwoa Ntoso, Eastern Regional Minister, said statistics showed that the region ranks third in accident cases, and second in the national prevalence rate in HIV.
Ms Ntoso expressed worry over the use of the road as trading points and urged the law enforcement agencies to ensure that the right thing was done.
Metro Mass Transport was adjudged the best transport company in the region, followed by the Progressive Road Transport Owners Association (PROTOA) and the Ghana Private Road Transport Union (GPRTU) third.