Court imposes GH¢14,800 fine on 16 drivers

ACP Anderson Fosu-Ackaah,Commanding officer of CENTRALL MTTU

ACP Anderson Fosu-Ackaah,Commanding officer of CENTRALL MTTU

Motor courts in Accra have imposed GH¢14,800 fine on 16 drivers, who abused the use of siren and horns, in the Accra metropolis.

The drivers were arrested by the police at Elwak, Airport, Spintex Road and West Legon, all in the metropolis, last month.

The Central Motor Traffic and Transport Unit(C/ MTTU) “Siren team” in collaboration with the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority carried out the exercise.

The Commanding Officer of the C/MTTU, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Anderson Fosu- Ackaah, told the Ghanaian Times, in Accra, yesterday, that most of the culprits were handling V8 car with sirens and horns fixed on their cars, which they used to avoid traffic.

He said out of the 24 drivers arrested, 18 were taken to the Motor Courts, 16 convicted, one case pending and two under investigation, adding that GH¢14,880 was paid into the consolidated fund.

ACP Fosu-Ackaah reminded the public that it was an offence to use sirens without permission from the authority.

He said any driver who would flout the law would pay a fine of GH¢800 or in default 30 days in prison or both.

ACP Ofosu-Ackaah said the exercise to arrest offenders would be sustained to bring sanity on the roads, and advised drivers to abide by the road safety regulations, to ensure safety on the roads.

He appealed to the public to collaborate with the police in ensuring that lives and properties were protected.

The Inspector General of Police, Mr David Asante-Apeatu, had directed the C/MTTU to arrest drivers, who would abuse the misuse of siren in the country.

The IGP said according to regulations 74 of the Road Traffic Regulation 2012 (L.I 2180) only government vehicles, police vehicles, vehicle used by the Ghana Fire Service, ambulance of hospitals or clinics, bullion vans registered by the DVLA could use sirens.

He said anybody who would contravene the regulations commits an offence and was liable to summary conviction to a fine of not more than twenty-five penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than 30 days or both.

BY ANITA NYARKO-YIRENKYI

 

 

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