The Ghana Police has upgraded its department that is tasked with monitoring activities on the road, the Motor, Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD). The MTTD department of the Ghana Police has now been stocked with new speed detection devices to help it check speed limit violators on roads in the country.
These new speed limit devices were provided to the MTTD by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly in collaboration with the Bloomberg Philanthropies for Global Road Safety.
The speed detection devices include the Laser Cam 4, also a speed detection gun that has the capability to capture multiple motorists that violate the speed limit at once.
The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, when handing off the devices at a training session said the city (Accra) has a major road-speed problem and as a result over 15,000 people had died. He cited the Kawukudi-37 link as one of the roads where drivers really don’t care about speed limits.
“We have a major challenge with speeding in Accra, this year over 1,500 people have died from road crashes. 95% of all vehicles on the Kawukudi-37 link were speeding above the speed limit and this is unacceptable. Once the police capture the evidence of your speeding and present it to the court, your guess is as good as mine,” the Accra Metro Chief Exec said.
The Business Development Engineer for the suppliers of the new speed limit devices, ROBTECH, said the speed guns can read the speed of more than 50 cars in a period of just 30 seconds. Also, the speed guns can take photos of the license plates of these cars within that same period.
The speed detectors have other features as well. Some of the features on them include auto-tracking and optimisation of target-specific measurements. The devices also have a simple and easy-to-use interface to give the user an easy experience.