5,608 Drivers Arrested For Traffic Offences In 9 MonthsBy Anita Nyarko A TOTAL of 5,608 drivers were ar- rested by the police nationwide, for various road traffic offences from January to September, this year. The offences included unlawful parking, overloading, talking on phone while driving, excessive speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without licence, and using unregistered motorbikes for commercial purposes, popularly known as “Okada. Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Obeng, officer- in charge of Research, Training and Education of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), disclosed these to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday. He said of the 3,961drivers arraigned before court, 3,217 were fined a total of GH¢1,217,522, with 424 others awaiting trial. The remaining 1,170 drivers were either under investigations, or discharged for want of prosecution. DSP Obeng said 6,558 drivers were arrested during the same period, last year and GH¢1,280,192 realised as court fines, paid into the Consolidated Fund. He said the MTTU and officials of the Road Safety Commission were collaborating through an intensive educational drive, as part of efforts to ensure drivers compliance with the road safety regulations. “When drivers are arrested for various offences, there is influence from all over, and this affects the work,” he stated, adding that as a result of such interference, drivers were left off the hook which did not serve as a deterrent to recalcitrant ones. DSP Obeng said the spot fines would soon be in force to help check recalcitrant drivers.

A total of 5,608 drivers were arrested by the police nationwide, for various road traffic offences from January to September, this year.

The offences included unlawful parking, overloading, talking on phone while driving, excessive speeding, driving under the influence of alcohol, driving without licence, and using unregistered motorbikes for commercial purposes, popularly known as “Okada.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Alexander Obeng, officer- in charge of Research, Training and Education of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU), disclosed these to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday.

He said of the 3,961drivers arraigned before court, 3,217 were fined a total of GH¢1,217,522, with 424 others awaiting trial.

The remaining 1,170 drivers were either under investigations, or discharged for want of prosecution.

DSP Obeng said 6,558 drivers were arrested during the same period, last year and GH¢1,280,192 realised as court fines, paid into the Consolidated Fund.

He said the MTTU and officials of the Road Safety Commission were collaborating through an intensive educational drive, as part of efforts to ensure drivers compliance with the road safety regulations.

“When drivers are arrested for various offences, there is influence from all over, and this affects the work,” he stated, adding that as a result of such interference, drivers were left off the hook which did not serve as a deterrent to recalcitrant ones.

DSP Obeng said the spot fines would soon be in force to help check recalcitrant drivers.

By Anita Nyarko    

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