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Some of the Ghana Police Certified Riders Ambassadors in Kumasi 

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THE MOTOR Transport and Traffic Directorate (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service have launched the Ghana Police Certified Riders Ambassadors (GPCRA) in Kumasi.

The GPCRA is an accredited group, made up of civilians who are skillful motor riders. They have volunteered to complement the efforts of the police to stop motor crashes.

Members of the GPCRA have received additional training from the MTTD and they are mandated to educate motor riders to adhere to road traffic regulations at all times.

The Director General of the MTTD, DCOP Felix Fosu-Agyeman, with support from other top police officers, officially inaugurated the GPCRA in Kumasi on Friday afternoon.

DCOP Fosu-Agyeman said it has become necessary to involve personnel of the GPCRA to assist the MTTD to reduce the occurrence of road accidents involving motorbikes.

The introduction of GPCRA, he pointed out, will help bring sanity on roads and reduce preventable accidents, thereby saving precious human lives and valuable properties.

Per the MTTD’s records, about 538 human lives have been lost in 2767 road accidents involving motorbikes, this year.

DCOP Fosu-Agyeman admonished personnel of the GPCRA to serve as good example for other motorbike riders to follow in society.

The Director General in-charge of Police Public Affairs, DCOP Kwesi Ofori, said 33 personnel of the GPCRA have been inaugurated in the Ashanti Region.

According to him, the inauguration ceremony in Kumasi is the second as 104 personnel had been inaugurated in the Great Accra Region already.

He said the GPCRA is a novelty by the Ghana Police Service and it is being piloted in the Greater Accra and Ashanti Region before being extended nationwide.

Emmanuel Ansah, a member of GPCRA in the Ashanti Region, thanked the Ghana Police Service for introducing the road safety programme.

On behalf of his colleagues, he promised “We shall lead good example and contribute meaningfully to improve road safety in the country”.

ACP Kwasi Annor Arhin, the Deputy Ashanti Regional Police Commander and other officers attended the event.

By Thomas Awuah, Kumasi

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