Dualising roads will not prevent accidents in Ghana – MP

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The Adaklu Member of Parliament and Ranking Member of the Roads and Transport Committee of Parliament, Kwame Governs Agbodza, believes that dualising major roads in the country will not put an end to the many road crashes.

For him, even though the idea of dualising major roads in the country will, to large extent, help in preventing head-on collisions, if drivers do not adhere to traffic regulations, accidents will continue to occur even after roads have been dualised.

The MP, who was speaking on Accra-based Joy FM on Monday evening, August 23, 2021, was of the view that many drivers on the roads flout traffic regulations with impunity due to low enforcement of traffic regulations in the country.

He said all manner of persons, including politicians, security officers, journalists, and lawyers all flout traffic regulations when on the road.

The Adaklu MP said unlike other places such as the UK where flouting traffic regulations would result in the offender paying a spot fine or losing your license to drive, many road offenders find ways to avoid punishment.

There have been a spike in road accidents on major roads in the country in recent times, resulting in a number of deaths.

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Have to disagree with him. Yes, accidents are bound to happen anywhere no matter what. But it is about doing anything in your power to decrease their possibility and therefore bringing the numbers down.

Dual carriageways will help prevent the accidents and save lives. His claim that road users do not respect the traffic regulations because of the lack of enforcement on it sounds lazy, quite frankly.

If you have identified that our roads regulations need enforcing, why won’t you, as an MP, push this matter onto parliament and make the government invest in the adequate tools and equipment needed to catch road offenders?

How many more people must die on these roads for the government to wake up?

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This is what’s wrong with Ghanaian politicians; refusing to think and making assumptions, finding excuses not to do what’s right. If drivers don’t follow regulations who’s duty is it to enforce it? There are technologies to enforce driving regualations but this lazy politicians don’t think, depriving the people what they need.

But we also settle for mediocrity and most of use don’t even know what we deserve, otherwise we’d be fighting them in the masses!

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You would be surprise what these politicians been talking about during interviews. So if it is not adhering to traffic regulation that’s causing accidents, what are the measures they’ve taken so far. I believe politics in Ghana is about talks and no actions and unnecessary analysis charley. The well-being of the citizen no dey hia them.

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The member of parliament is right. Prevention of accidents in the country, to a large extent, is an attitudinal problem. Let’s change our attitudes both as drivers and pedestrians and things will change for good. It’s an all hands on deck situation. That being said, the government must do their part by improving the road networks. Let’s all play our roles for the betterment of mother Ghana.

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Mark of a lawless country. I’ll keep saying this forever… the laws should work. Heavy fines and jail time should be metted out to deviants, and that’s the government’s responsibility. You can build roads and expect people to be “good”. I don’t know how difficult this is, there should be nothing like fixing our attidudes, it’s senseless. The law should just work and there won’t be talks about fixing any attitude. You’ll just be fined or go to jail. Simple.

In Europe no one tells anyone to fix their attitude. You’ll be arrested, that’s all.