The Upper East Regional Manager of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) Muktawakil Abdulai has challenged the long held notion that some persons are destined to die out of road accidents, describing deaths recorded from carelessness and negligence of road users as needless.

“We at DVLA do not believe people are destined to die from road accident, Is God wicked? We all can live to the 100 years.”

According to Provisional Statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department, MTTD of the Ghana Police Service and the National Road Safety Authority, about 220 road accidents involving 56 commercial Vehicle and 86 private vehicles were recorded in the Upper East Region last year with 70 deaths made up of 64 males and 6 females and 248 injuries. According to a Police Wireless Message signed by Superintendent of Police, William Kpormegbe, out of the figure, there were 183 motorbike, 8 bicycle and 29 tricycles accidents. Meanwhile, there were 220 motor offences reported with five of them being convicted with fine of GHC 2500.00 while 192 cases under investigation.

Speaking to apexnewsgh.com, the Regional Manager maintained most road accident fatalities can be as a result of carelessness of a fellow road user and urged passenger to take their lives in their own hands and report Drivers who are reckless on the road especially during night to the nearest Police Check Point. Mr Abdulai further acknowledged the difficult economic circumstances following the elections and the festive season and expressed the hope that compliance to vehicle registrations as required by Law and will be high in the coming months.

Meanwhile, the unusual long queue at the premise of Bolgatanga Office of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority at the beginning of the year was nonexistent owing to a deliberate protocol of management system established by the authority to cut down the numbers. About 700 motorcycles and 52 Vehicles were registered in the first week of the 2021 by the Upper East Regional Office of the Drivers and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA representing an upgrade in the numbers for the same period last year. Mr Abdulai intimated that Vehicle Owners were informed the put together their documents duly signed by the Immigration Service and submit to the Authority late December for processes to begin while the registered number plate is issued early this year.

While applauding the Management system instituted to cut back at the numbers of persons visiting the Premise in order to get more vehicles registered during the year, Mr Abdulai explained that securing a registered vehicle or motorcycle serves as security code, revenue code and a secured insurance of the property.  The Bolgatanga Divisional Police Command has issued notice to persons who acquire motorcycles to ensure that their duly registered by January 25, 2021 before the commencement of operations to retrieve all sighted unregistered motorbikes from the system.

In a statement signed Divisional Commander Chief Superintendent DK Danzi, expressed grave concern over the failure of motorbikes owners to recognize their obligation to register them, resulting in criminals using unregistered to commit robbery and going unidentified.

In an attempt to discourage stealing and selling of stolen motorbikes, the Divisional Police Command warned that offenders will likely to face prosecution

Apexnewsgh.com/Ghana/Contributors: Prosper Adankai& Sarah Dubure

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