Two bodies train police on road safety

BY: Daily Graphic
A section of MTTD personnel after the workshop in Accra
A section of MTTD personnel after the workshop in Accra

Guinness Ghana Breweries Limited (GGBL) has partnered the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to train over 150 personnel from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service on road safety management and regulations covering drinking and driving at workshops.

The beneficiary personnel were drawn from the Greater Accra and Ashanti regional units of the MTTD.

The two-day workshops were held in Accra and Kumasi and were in fulfilment of Guinness Ghana’s agenda to create a positive role for alcohol in society.

The company does this through partnerships which impact the misuse of alcohol while contributing to the Sustainable Development Goal target 3.6 which focuses on halving the number of global deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents.

Alcohol limits

On the rationale for the workshop, the Corporate Relations Director of GGCL, Mr Gabriel Opoku-Asare, said the company had over the years developed partnerships with the police, local authorities and other agencies that support road safety and enforcement.

He said: “By this workshop we seek to highlight the need for strict enforcement of the alcohol limits in Ghana so as to mitigate the occurrence of road traffic accidents and injuries.”

 “Our purpose as a business is to help people celebrate life every day, everywhere, and by that we want to ensure that people are being responsible when they drink, especially when they are going to drive,” he stated.

Shared responsibility

The Accra Regional Commander of the MTTD, ACP Anderson Fosu-Ackaah, commended Guinness Ghana for organising the workshop, which he believed would enormously benefit personnel of the MTTD.

He said: “Guaranteeing that our roads are safe from road accidents and injuries is an integral part of our work and we are ready to support efforts to reduce the incidence of drink-driving among drivers.”

The Planning Officer at the NRSC, Mr Henry Asomaning, who highlighted the state of road safety in Ghana, indicated that road safety was a shared responsibility.

He, thus, demanded that all stakeholders play their part to ensure that the incidence of road traffic accidents and injuries in Ghana are brought to the barest minimum.