The Tema police has added into government chest a total amount of Gh¢4,440 as fines imposed on 22 motorists for violating various traffic regulations.
The offences of the culprits, who were arraigned before a motor traffic court in Tema, included driving without licences, driving
with expired drivers’ licences, insurance certificates and road worthy certificates, driving with underweight licences and driving on the shoulders of the road, among others.
The 22 traffic offenders were part of some 50 others who were arrested for committing various traffic offences by the Tema regional branch of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service.
The remaining 28 were issued warning letters and released after they produced their driving licences, insurance and road worthy certificates.
However, bench warrants were issued for the arrest of two drivers, namely, Kwabena Asiedu and Eric Asante, who failed to appear before the court.
Two others were found not guilty and discharged accordingly.
This occurred when the Tema regional command embarked on an operation to help check indiscipline on our roads and make sure drivers and other road users comply with road traffic regulations in order to curb accidents on our roads.
The Tema regional Police Commander, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Beatrice Zakpaa Vib-Sanziri, told DAILY GUIDE that so far 22 motorists had been prosecuted in an operation aimed at enforcing compliance with road safety regulations and instilling discipline into motorists within the Tema region.
She said the extent of road indiscipline in the region called for a sustained educational campaign, alongside the spot checks being carried out.
She noted that her outfit had begun holding educational programmes through the media to sensitise the public adequately on issues pertaining to road safety.
According to her, “police presence on the road this time is permanent and not a nine-day wonder exercise as speculated, as we will not spare anyone who contravenes the law.”
She also enjoined drivers to obey all road traffic regulations to help the police in their efforts to reduce road accidents, stressing that failure to do so will land them on the wrong side of the law.
She said the police will leave no stone unturned in enforcing the law. meanwhile, a cross-section of the public in Tema, whose views DAILY GUIDE sought regarding the police road exercise, said it had achieved the desired impact, as more drivers had begun adhering to road traffic regulations.
A check at the offices of the State Insurance Company (SIC) and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) also indicated that since the commencement of the exercise there had been an upsurge in the number of car and motorcycle owners who called to regularise their vehicle documents.
Source: Daily Guide
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