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MTTU to open new police driving school

By James Harry Obeng


THE Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service is to establish a new police driving school by January, next year.


The school, to be funded by the MTTU in collaboration with Toptech Drive Consult Ltd, a leading road safety and transport consultancy firm, will train policemen to become driving instructors as part of measures by the police to cut down on the spate of road crashes embattling the country in recent times.


Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr Daniel Julius Avorga, the National Commanding Officer of the MTTU, disclosed this at day’s road safety programme for personnel of the MTTU to sharpen their professional skills and knowledge in ensuring road safety, especially in the run up to the December 7 polls, in Accra.


The programme,  organised by Toptech Drive Consult Ltd, a leading road safety and transport consultancy firm, in partnership with the Global Road Safety Partnership, a non-governmental organisation (NGO) on road safety, schooled personnel of the MTTU on traffic laws and road traffic offences (Act 683), safety measures on the road, common factors responsible for crashes, among many other topics.


ACP Avorga noted  that “the dynamics of the world today require an astute policeman with the requisite knowledge and expertise to match the changes of the modern world”, adding that the effectiveness and efficiency of the Police in the performance of its duty was undermined by the lack of modern equipments, personnel motivation and training.


“Unfortunately however, the budget of the Ghana Police Service has never been enough to constantly organize training programmes for personnel”, he said.


He maintained that ensuring “road safety is a shared responsibility” that required the assistance and co-operation of individuals, groups and organizations, and implored the public to emulate the example of Toptech Drive Consult.


“The police can be what people expect it to be only when the police get the needed support and co-operation of the public”, he noted, but warned road users, especially drivers, to observe traffic regulations in the country to “avoid being bitten by the law”.


Mr Cecil Ebow Garbrah, the Executive Director of Toptech Drive Consult, disclosed that his outfit was injecting GH¢10,000 into establishing a police driving school to train police drivers by January, 2009.


“If is our fervent hope that the police driving school will be established.  As road safety experts, we will assist he police in establishing the training school from the beginning of the year 2009 by training some policemen to become driving instructors, by providing all requisite materials at no cost”, he said.


He said “estimates indicate that approximately 400,000 people die every year in road accidents around the world” and advised that the primary focus in ensuring road safety “should be on increasing education and surveillance levels to ensure that perceived apprehensive risk is high”.


For her part, Ms. Mawusi Appea, Miss Ghana ’08, appealed to the police to arrest all drivers who flout road regulations and put them before the law courts to face prosecution.


Toptech Drive Consult also presented a computer fully installed with road safety software to the MTTU to enhance their knowledge on road signs and markings.     



September 18, 2008 - Posted by | News

1 Comment »

  1. done Toptech keep up with the good work

    Comment by ME | October 3, 2008 | Reply

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