The Ghana Police Service has ordered personnel of the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD) to stop motor checks on the highways with immediate effect.
The directive, which was contained in a police wireless message issued last Friday, also admonished police officers to concentrate their considerable strength on accidents and traffic control.
“With effect from Friday, all motor checks by various MTTDs are suspended. All MTTD personnel are to undertake traffic management control and attend road crashes. MTTD Commanders under whom personnel are caught undertaking motor checks will have to answer. All duty rosters for traffic control to reach this RHQ by close of work Friday January 14,2022. Treat urgent,” the statement reads.
The message was signed by the Deputy Regional Commander, ACP Bana Saanid Adamu, on behalf of the Regional Police Commander of Greater Accra.
In a related development, a police officer involved in a car chase with a commercial driver has reportedly run into some bystanders killing one in the process.
According to reports, the police officer who was driving a Toyota Vitz Taxi with registration number GX 6051-21 was chasing an errant trotro driver.
The officer, who was said to be driving on top speed, veered off the road after running over a speed rump and ran onto the pavement along the road.
The incident, which happened at Atico Junction, near Kaneshie, saw the officer knock down three persons, crushing one of them to death. The remaining two were said to have sustained various degrees of injuries.
“The policeman was pursuing a trotro driver on top speed using the inner road. There’s a small speed ramp over there; I think that is what led him to veer from inner road, climb the pavement, hit one person on the pavement, hit another one on the outer road before the last lady.
“The lady saw the car coming, but she couldn’t dodge or run away and the car hit her into the three. Her body was torn into pieces,” an eyewitness gave his account of the accident.
The Officer in Charge of the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) at Odorkor, ASP Kingsley Kanda, confirmed the incident, indicating that investigation had commenced into the accident.
He further confirmed the identity of the driver as a police officer, but failed to give further details about his identity.