3,394 drivers convicted for offences

•    ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong — MTTD boss

• ACP Patrick Adusei Sarpong — MTTD boss

A total of 3,394 drivers were convicted throughout the country, for violating traffic offences from January to November this year.

They were made to pay fines totaling GH¢1,140.00

Out of the 5,253 drivers arrested, 3,919 of them were sent to court, of which 328 are still awaiting trial and 636 being investigated.

Bench warrants have also been issued for the arrest of 112 drivers, 11 drivers jailed, 698 cautioned by the police and 83 discharged.

The offences included driving while the red traffic light was on, driving under the influence of alcohol and without licence, speeding and over- loading.

The officer in-charge of Education Research and Planning of the Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Kweku Obeng, revealed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra on Wednesday.

Last year, he said, 6,111 drivers were arrested, of which 4274 of were prosecuted, 3,468 convicted, 459 awaiting trial, 903 were investigated, three jailed, 854 cautioned by the police and 139 discharged.

DSP Obeng said GHS1,317,054.00 fines were paid into the consolidated fund last year.

He cautioned drivers to abide by the road safety regulations, especially during the Christmas, and advised the public to desist from blocking roads for celebrations without seeking clearance and approval from the police and the assemblies.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi     

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