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General News | Apr 8, 2004

Traffic Police Soon

GHANAIAN TIMES

The Ghana Police Service is in the process of creating a Chief of Traffic position in preparation for the establishment of a Traffic Police force.

This was announced in Accra on Wednesday by Dr. Richard W. Anane, the Minister of Roads and Transport.

He was speaking at this year's observation of World Health Day themed “Road Safety Is No Accident.” The Minister said that the 1952 Motor Traffic Ordinance had been reviewed and that a new Road Traffic Bill that captured “the trends of our times in road transportation” would soon be tabled in Parliament.

Dr. Anane said that in order to reduce the load on the law courts, very soon spot fines would be levied for specified road traffic offences. He stressed that in adopting such measures, government was seeking above all to reduce the number of road accidents in the country.

He said that the Ministry of Health had begun operating a National Ambulance Service to provide speedy access to professional medical services when accidents occur.

The Roads and Transport Minister noted that in 2002, a board of directors was established for the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) to guide its operations. Since then, plans had been drawn up by the NRSC to sensitize the public on the need to combat threats to safety on the nation's road.

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