Road safety: Passengers, drivers charged to relate better to save lives

The Minister of Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah, has told passengers to not shut up when the driver of the vehicle they are travelling on is engaged in reckless driving. He warned drivers to also discipline themselves by adhering to the road safety rules and receive the views of passengers in good faith.   He cautioned both parties to behave respectfully towards each other in order for better driver-passenger-relations for their common good.


These comments by Ofori Asiamah came at the heels of commissioning a new DVLA Office at Kunka, Obuasi in the Ashanti Region on Friday. One such offices was commissioned in the Volta Region this year.



He believes that respecting the rules and being one another’s’ keeper will get drivers and passengers alike to their destinations, saving property and lives.


He cautioned passengers ‘to speak up against driver misbehavior, don’t push drivers to misbehave on the roads, and don’t use abusive language.’


And to drivers he said ‘be patient, obey speed limits, don’t drive under the influence of alcohol and drugs, don’t drive tired, don’t overtake wrongly, and respect other road users’


He said government will ensure road carnages become a thing of the past by keeping up with the changing trends in the road transport industry while addressing some implementation challenges.


The minister directed that the DVLA and NRSA work closely with MTTD in the automation traffic enforcement.

He further called on stakeholders ie ‘actors, regulators, enforcement agencies, service providers, drivers, and pedestrians alike to play their respective roles leading to intensifying enforcement activities and coming up with more education and awareness programs.



He commended the DVLA for making huge strides in its service delivery and encouraged the agency to explore cashless payment systems in order to actualize the full benefits of the digital transformation.


by Barnabas Abass Seidu

The Aflao District Police Command has organized yet another sensitization program  for Motor and Tricycle riders to ensure safety on the roads before, during and after the  festive season.


The event took place on the Victoria Park in Aflao on Wednesday December 22, 2021 and brought together over 100 Commercial Motor and Tricycle riders.

Superintendent Obrako Sarpong Bempah, the Aflao District Police Commander explained portions of the road traffic regulations to the riders.  He encouraged the riders to register their motorbikes and tricycles, insure them and renew their road worthiness certificates as required by law.


Superintendent Bempah supported by the Ketu Divisional Crime Officer DSP Eric Vondee, warned motorbike riders with  foreign registration numbers within the area for commercial purposes to desist from such illegality immediately or risk being arrested and prosecuted.


The engagement formed part of a series of such programmes  organized across the Volta region to ensure that road accidents are brought to the barest minimum.