National Service Personnel deployed by the Motor Transport and Traffic Division (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service to assist in road traffic management in the Accra Metropolis, are worried that motorists are not co-operating with them.
The personnel said, that was making them feel insecure standing on the road to direct traffic, as some motorists took advantage of the inability of personnel to arrest them for offending traffic regulations.
Mr Mohammed Yussif, a service personnel deployed to Kasoa, in an interview of the Ghana News Agency, said the training they received had taught them to protect and ensure safety on the road, yet these motorists did not heed to their directives.
He said some motorists did not comply with driving rules, and also plied the wrong routes, thereby creating unnecessary traffic on the Kasoa Highway.
He noted that instead of using zebra crossings, pedestrians rather crossed roads with vehicles at any vantage point they deemed fit, and urged both motorists and pedestrians to adhere to traffic regulations to avoid accidents.
“ Most of the drivers are very stubborn and will not adhere to the advice of traffic wardens, even if it is beneficial to them,” he added, and called for cooperation to ensure discipline on the road.
Mr Yussif explained that they worked for four hours in a day and five days in a week, under the supervision of an MTTD officer.
“In cases where the police officer attached to the personnel made an arrest and sent the offender to the nearest police station, the service persons have to control motorists all by themselves,” he said.
The Urban Traffic Management module was designed by the National Service Secretariat to complement the efforts of the MTTD in traffic management in the country’s urban centers.
A total of one thousand service personnel were trained and sensitized to educate the public about traffic management and road safety issues, while 600 of them were posted to Accra MTTD, and the rest to Kumasi two months ago. GNA