A Refresher Course On Driving And Speeding Laws In Ghana

A driver wearing a face mask while driving alone (image via WSJ)

With the horrible public transport in the country, being able to drive is no more a mere luxury.

Now ride-hailing apps such as Bolt and Uber have been a major help, however, it still doesn’t make one as mobile as driving one’s own car.

However, driving is also not as zen as it seems, beyond car management cost is even actually driving the car and navigating on Ghana’s road network with other motorists.

Also making sure you are driving within the remits of the law is also very essential – is your insurance and roadworthy up to date, are your triangle, fire extinguisher also available in your car, and are you driving with respect to the speed limits.

Speed limits are one of the most often disregarded driving regulation, especially in our part of the world where there are no cameras to monitor speed on the various road networks.

However, speeding is also one of the major causes of accidents on the road and the Accra Metropolitan Assembly has chosen to tackle this head-on.

Last Thursday, the AMA mounted a stealth operation to monitor driving speed on the road and it arrested about 35 drivers.

Among them, was the former Black Stars player, Derick Boateng. The drivers were arrested for driving beyond the designated speed limit on the specific road they were driving.

Former Black Stars player Derick Boateng providing his details to the police after his arrest. Photo credit: Accra Metropolitan Assembly.

Just in case you have forgotten your speed limits lesson, consider this as a refresher course.

In general terms, if you drive above 50 KP/H or 30 MP/H in urban areas, you are breaking the law. This means that if you are driving in East Legon, Lake Side, Osu, Dome, Achimota and others, you can’t go beyond the above-mentioned speed limits, irrespective of the time of day.

However, if you approaching a school, the speed limit drops to 30KP/H or 18 MP/H.

Road distances are shown in kilometres and Ghana speed limits are indicated in kilometres per hour (km/h).

These speed limits go up if you are driving on the highway such as the N1 or even the Accra Kasoa road. There, you can 90 km/h (55 mph).

That does not include the motorway. On the Tema Motorway, you can hit 100 km/h (60 mph) but not more than that.

If you are arrested for speeding, you can be fined by a court for committing a crime. Those who were arrested in the recent operation by the AMA were fined between GHS 480 to GHS 660.

Source: Kuulpeeps.com

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