Passengers urged to speak out when drivers over speed

Passengers urged to speak out when drivers over speed
Source: Ghana | Myjoyonline.com | George Nyavor | george.nyavor@myjoyonline.com
Date: 19-02-2016 Time: 06:02:48:am
The fatal Kintampo accident has claimed more than 60 lives and injured scores.

A former commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD), Victor Tandoh, has attributed over speeding by drivers to fear of passengers to speak out against the illegality.

He insists the habit of Ghanaian’s to keep to themselves when drivers flout road traffic regulations has been major factor fueling road carnage in the country.

The retired police commander says the penchant for some passengers to lash out at others who speak against careless driving must stop.

“It is unfortunate, passengers are not united, they are divided; everyone with his own mind,” he observed.

Mr Tandoh spoke on Multi TV’s news analysis programme, PM Express, Thursday evening.

Victor Tandoh

He was commenting on the rising incidents of road accidents on the back of a gory road accident at Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region, Wednesday evening, when a Metro Mass bus colided with a truck transporting tomatoes.

The fatal accident has claimed more than 60 lives and injured scores. A survivor of the accident told Police the Metro Mass bus that was traveling from Kumasi in the Ashanti Region had been overspeeding.

Mr Tandoh told show host Nana Ansah IV that the environment in which drivers’ mates, who eventually train to become drivers, contributes to their disregard for traffic regulations.

“Most drivers were trained at places where quarrel is number one, where fighting is number,” he said.

CEO of Road Safety and Transport Consult, Godfred Akyea-Darkwah, who was also a guest on the show charged the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to ensure potential drivers have adequate knowledge of defensive driving techniques.

Godfred Akyea-Darkwah

He said drivers must also be scrutinized to ensure they are mentally sound, since according him, some of them suffer mild mental problems.

Watch the show in video below.

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