Twedie Magistrate Court in the Atwima Kwanwoma District of the Ashanti Region Thursday September 2 slapped seven motorcycle and tricycle riders with a fine of GH¢2,100 for flouting road traffic regulations
The seven accused persons, who were arraigned before court, were arrested on Wednesday and Thursday during the an operation launched by Ashanti Regional Security Council (REGSEC) and the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ashanti regional Police Command to rid the region of indiscipline on various roads.
Presided over by His Worship Josia Cobinah, each of the accused persons was paid GH¢300 for breaching the road traffic regulations.
Spanning from riding without license, riding on the shoulders and median of the roads to overloading, the offenders were grabbed during the MTTD operation.
The Ashanti Regional MTTD led by Superintendent Emmanuel Aduboahene reported that “with just two days into our operation to clamp down recalcitrant riders, on Wednesday, we arrested 8 persons and released 3 after they subsequently presented their valid licenses so we prosecuted 5 at the Akropong Circuit Court. The following day Thursday we again arrested 8 riders and released 1 after he also presented license so we arraigned the 7 before the Twedie court.”
The regional MTTD command from January 2021 to July 2021 reported that “out of a total number of 357 persons killed in road accidents in Ashanti Region, motor and tricycle alone have killed 104 with a total number of 697 reported cases of motor and tricycle accidents, a 22 percent increase as against 2020’s 570 cases”.
These figures underpinned the operations launched to flush out indisciplined motor and tricycle riders who have been contributing to the road carnage in the region.
Mr Aduboahene assured the Command will not relent on its moves to clamp down on illegal riders to ensure sanity on the roads.
By Nana Asenso Mensah|Akoma FM|3news.com|Ghana