The Director-General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Commissioner of Police (COP), Christian Tetteh Yohuno have cited over-eating as a major cause of road accidents in the country.
‘’It is not only alcohol, tramadol and over speeding that cause road accidents. But over eating and that is something we have often overlooked. In the foreign countries, when a driver drives he gets somewhere, there’s a change-over. From here you are going to Tamale you get to Kumasi, you that driver you stop over, then another driver takes over to continue the journey from Kumasi to Tamale. But today what do we see? One driver will drive the entire distance. In the foreign country people eat light, drivers don’t eat much. They even take coffee on the way, because they want to be active on the road but here our coffee is fufu and palmnut soup’’ he said.
COP Tetteh Yohuno noted that the police MTTD has positioned itself to sensitize and educate the driving public on safe ways of ensuring an accident free yuletide and beyond, adding that their men have undergone training and have been positioned at various vantage points along major roads in the country to allow them check wrong doing by road users.
‘’We have started this sensitization to caution people and also tell passengers who patronize such vehicles that your life is at stake. Check the vehicle you are going to join, that is a pre-departure formality. Check the vehicle, check the attitude of the driver, check the tyres and every other thing that arouses your suspicion’’ he added.