Saturday, November 6, 2010


SIXTY-ONE drivers who have been arrested by a police special task force of the Ashanti Regional Police Command have been fined various sums of money by the Kumasi Circuit Court.
The fines ranged from GH¢220 to GH¢440.
Thirty other drivers arrested in the exercise were being processed for court.
Chief Inspector Yusif Mohammed Tanko, the Regional Police Public Affairs Officer, told the Daily Graphic that the exercise, which started about two weeks ago, would continue until some acceptable measure of sanity was brought on the roads.
He mentioned road traffic offences committed by the drivers to include speeding, overloading, driving without driver’s licence, lack of vehicular insurance and using vehicles with worn-out tyres, among others.
Chief Inspector Tanko said the regional police command had declared war on traffic offences and would not tolerate any acts on the part of drivers that would put the lives of passengers in danger.
He mentioned the Kumasi-Obuasi, Kumasi-Mampong, Kumasi-Offinso, and the Kumasi-Sunyani roads as some of the areas where most of the traffic offences occurred.
The public affairs officer indicated that before the exercise took off, the police mounted an educational programme to prepare the drivers for what was ahead.
“Yet some of them did not heed our advice and have been caught in the web of the law,” he said.
Chief Inspector Tanko advised drivers to always keep to the laws so that they would not find themselves in trouble.
He said road accidents were causing destruction to lives and property, stressing that it was incumbent on drivers to help the police to check the menace.

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