A document issued by the Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MMTD) of the Ghana Police Service, indicates that a total of GH¢311,534 was paid as court fines nationwide in the second quarter of the year, 2015.
This was out of a total fine of GH¢340,754 imposed on 1,010 convicted cases out of the1,152 prosecuted at the courts.
The figure, was however, low as compared to GH¢468,152 paid within the same period last year for 993 convicted cases.
According to the document, GreaterAccra Region which had 418 convicted cases, paid the highest fine of GH¢175,220 with Upper West Region paying the least fine of GH¢1,260 for 18 convicted cases.
The Brong Ahafo, Central, Eastern and the Western regions followed in that order with fines of GH¢41,502, GH¢24,060, GH¢19,552 and GH¢18, 420 respectively.
Tema, which is a region within the Ghana Police Service, had an amount of GH¢13,000 paid as fines for 165 cases, while GH¢7,040 paid in 25 cases in the Volta Region, GH¢6,600 in the Northern Region with 14 cases and GH¢3,020 in the Ashanti Region for 13 convicted cases.
An amount of GH¢1,860 was paid in the Upper East Region for eight convicted cases.
During the period under review, four offenders were jailed as compared to two in the previous year.
According to the statistics, 92 cases were awaiting trial, 231 being investigated while bench warrant had been issued for the arrest of 31 offenders.
The statistics further revealed that 18 offenders were discharged of the offences, while 179 offenders had been issued with warning letters.
By Francis Asamoah Tuffour