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Reducing road accidents: should training and workshops be considered for cyclists?


Statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service on the 2021 Ghana road accidents for January and February alone shows that, out of the 2,560 reported cases of accidents, 974 involved motorcycles.

In recent times, motorcycle riders have been of great concern to the public due to how recklessly they ply the roads.

The blatant disregard for traffic rules by some motorcycle riders has been the cause of many road carnages.
Meanwhile, in some communities and areas, tricycle riders are becoming a nuisance as they’ve taken up the frontage of shops and other community spaces.
Could suggestions for training and workshops for motorcyclists reduce road carnages?

Abdul Razak a motorcycle rider at Tema station, says he knows how to ride motorcycles very well but he will be glad if government is to organize training for some of his mates.

” I know how to ride the motorcycle therefore I don’t need the training but it’s good because some motorcycle riders do not know how to ride them. And I would also learn new things if the training is organized”

However, the Head of Education, Research & Training at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, Supt. Alexander Obeng, says there are not enough funds to organize such workshops.

“It is part of our strategy and we do it when we’re invited to tv programs. We do not have enough funds to do that,so we cannot organize workshops for them. Anytime we want to do that we collaborate with the National Road Safety Commission or partner with people to organize training and workshops”

Story By: Freda Tetteh

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