The Ghana Police Service has taken a significant step towards enhancing road safety and enforcing traffic laws with the introduction of Traffitech-GH, a cutting-edge initiative aimed at automating road traffic law enforcement in the country. This technology-driven system employs advanced cameras and sensors to monitor and penalize traffic offenders in real-time, creating a safer road environment and fostering a culture of responsible driving.
Key Highlights of Traffitech-GH
Traffitech-GH was officially launched in August 2023 by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service. This initiative is a collaborative effort involving various stakeholders, including the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA).
The system utilizes state-of-the-art cameras and sensors strategically placed on roads to automatically capture images and videos of vehicles that violate road traffic laws. Common offenses include speeding, running red lights, improper overtaking, failure to use seatbelts, and distracted driving.
Captured images and videos are transferred to a central back office for validation. Trained personnel review the evidence to ensure accuracy and adherence to traffic regulations.
Once an offence is validated, the system generates an instant SMS notification to the vehicle owner. This notification contains essential information such as the location, date, and time of the violation, along with the offence description, vehicle registration number, payment amount, and payment deadline.
Easy Payment Process
Offenders have the option to pay the fine specified on the notification without going to court, unless they choose to contest the ticket. Payments can be made via various methods, including Mobile Money, online through the official Traffitech-GH website, or physically at any authorized bank.
To incentivize timely payments, offenders are granted a 14-day window for settling the fine. Failure to pay within this period results in a 1% penalty being added to the original fine for each day of default.
Promoting Road Safety and Accountability
Traffitech-GH represents a significant stride towards improving road safety and instilling a sense of accountability among motorists in Ghana. By automating the enforcement of road traffic laws, this initiative not only enhances the effectiveness of law enforcement but also serves as a deterrent against reckless driving behaviors. As the implementation progresses, it is expected to contribute to a safer road environment and a reduction in road traffic accidents.