The Western Region Commander of the Motor Traffic Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service, Chief Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah has revealed that the numerous accidents that has been happening on the roads of the country recently, can partly be blamed on the abuse of tramadol by some drivers.
According to him, the number of road crashes in the country for the first four months of 2021 outweighs the number of persons who have died as a result of the coronavirus outbreak.
Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah adds that there are a lot of private vehicle drivers in the country who are mostly caught with bottles of alcoholic beverages in their vehicles.
He adds that the abuse of tramadol is gradually becoming prevalent among some drivers.
“Car maintenance is very bad in this country. Private School heads operate very weak buses. Most of them are in very sad conditions but nobody is taking it. People are driving with bad car tyres. Others do car racing on the roads. Most drivers also abuse tramadol to drive in this day and age. The law permits 0.08 percent alcohol intake, but most drivers go beyond 1 percent which is very outrageous”. He noted in an interview with Skyy Power FM in Takoradi.
Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah
Superintendent Isaac Kwesi Sorkpah further indicated that drivers will only end up killing people through road accidents if some of them do not stop the abuse of tramadol. He adds that most drivers have now become blind to road safety signs.
“If a driver develops a mechanical fault on the road, the law permits them to warn other road users by erecting warning signs a few meters ahead and behind the car. But most drivers use weeds, which is unfortunate and very unacceptable. Most drivers are also blind to road signs. Most drivers do not even renew their licenses they refuse to go through the two years validation. In this case, the license is as good as expired”. He advised.
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