MP for South Dayi, Rockson Dafeamekpor is pushing for Ghana to adopt the United Kingdom style of punishing drivers who cause road accidents as part of controlling the menace in the country.
Speaking on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show on Monday, August 23, 2021, he said drivers who cause road accidents a number of times should have their licenses withdrawn for a period of time.
“First of all, I think we should do what is done in the U.K. When you have an accident they have an electronic system of debiting you sort of, so after two or three debits your license will be withdrawn in addition to all the fines that you pay in court and all that,” he said.
He said this will be deterrent enough since the other forms of reprimanding such drivers have not proven effective.
“…because in addition to the fines that we implement and prison sentences and all that, we still are increasingly experiencing road accidents,” he said.
The comment was part of contributions on Monday, August 23, 2021 edition of the Super Morning Show, where panelists discussed the alarming rate of road accidents and ways to curb the phenomenon.
Speaking on the show, Mr Dafeamekpor highlighted a number of causes including installation of Television in vehicles.
“When people witness some destruction on the roads, when someone crosses the driver wrongly, for instance, they become angry for the rest of the journey and so they do not focus on the journey. And also the installation of TVs in commercial vehicles.
“Until recently I didn’t know that it was one of the major causes but when a driver is behind the steering wheel and a passenger asks the driver to change the channel and the driver attempts to change it, he loses focus momentarily and wants to focus on where to change the channel to, then he runs into a ditch or pedestrian or loses focus completely. So these things need to be checked,” he said.
He further hinted at a motion for Parliament to ensure swift and full implementation of the amendment to the Roads Regulation Act which subscribes a murder charge for drivers whose act results in deaths especially to pregnant women.
The MP said the move has become necessary following the weekend’s accidents in parts of the country resulting in the death of 19 people and injury to many.