• Fri. Aug 12th, 2022

50% of road accident caused by Okada riders – GSA Boss

Prof. Alex Dodoo, Director General of the Ghana Standards Authority (GSA), claims that commercial motorcycle riders are responsible for half of all traffic accidents in the country.

While the Okada riders’ antics continue to claim life on the highways, he noted, the issue remains politicized.

“Everyone knows ‘Okada’ is killing people, but it’s being politicized.” It’s past time for us to enforce our regulations. You see, the contribution of Okada to death is something I’m not sure we can quantify; for me, I’d say at least 30%, if not 50%, of all fatalities can be directly or indirectly linked to Okada. “I’ll double-check the numbers,” he remarked, according to asaaseradio.com.

He went on to say that these motorbike riders’ indiscipline is one of the reasons they are quickly becoming the most notorious group for causing road deaths.

“However, we know for a fact that Okada has risen from tenth to first or second place on the list of causes of mortality, and everyone knows since they are not regulated.” And all you have to do is go to Burkina Faso, Togo, or the Ivory Coast to see that they follow the rules,” he continued.

Prof Dodoo, on the other hand, stated that the GSA is implementing the Ghana Automotive Code to help streamline the operations of Okada riders and other motorists in the country.

“Okadas are unregulated, and as a result, the majority of its drivers disobey traffic laws… They act as if the road is theirs, putting people’s lives in danger.

“We will be introducing the Ghana automobile code in the coming weeks.” The number of deaths attributed to ‘Okada’ is excessive… “This is due to the fact that they are not controlled,” he explained.

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