An irresponsible Couple in Koforidua was caught on camera by EIB News Eastern Regional Correspondent, Kojo Ansah, on Saturday negligently risking the lives of their children on a Motorcycle at a Traffic light on Kasadjan Highway heading towards Nyamekrom direction.
The Couple were transporting their four children on a single motorbike. More worrying was the fact that the woman was carrying one of the kids under 2 years at her back while dangling on the tip of the metal saddle of the motorcycle.
The man selfishly wore a crash helmet for his safety without thinking of the safety of the other occupants of the motorcycle including the fragile children.
Statistics indicate that motorcycle fatalities have increased from 2.7% to 25% of the total road accident fatalities recorded in 2018.
The Road Traffic Regulations of 2012 forbids the use of Motorcycles or tricycles for carrying passengers particularly for commercial purposes aside courier and delivery service.
Per the regulations, the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, DVLA cannot register a motorcycle or tricycle for commercial use.
Also, the riders cannot take money from a passenger as fare for a ride. Persons found liable faces up to 30 days in prison or a fine of not more than 25 penalty units.
Given special attention to safety of Children, the Road Traffic Act -2004 [Act 638] section -14 outlines punishment for drivers of even Motor Vehicles who fail to protect children in their vehicles. The law states :(1) A person who drives a motor vehicle on a road when a child of five years or under five years is in the front seat of the motor vehicle commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 100 penalty units or to imprisonment for a term not exceeding 6 months or to both. (2) A person who drives a motor vehicle on a road when a child between the ages of five and eighteen years who is sitting on the front seat of the vehicle is not wearing a seat belt commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine not exceeding 100 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment not exceeding 6 months or to both. (3) A person commits an offense if that person drives a motor vehicle on a road when(a) a child under the age of 18 years in the rear of the motor vehicle, and (b) the child is not wearing the seat belt.