Sixty-three drivers in the Brong Ahafo Region were fined a total of GH?13,104.00 for committing motor traffic offences during the second quarter of this year.

For the first quarter of the year, 55 of the drivers were fined a total of GH?13, 650 for flouting traffic rules and regulations, including the lack of maintenance of vehicles, speeding, jumping red lights, prohibited parking as well as careless/inconsiderate and dangerous driving.

Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Paul Wesley Baah, Brong Ahafo Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service, speaking to Daily Graphic in Sunyani,  said the total number of cases sent to court, were 127 during the period as against 77 in the first quarter.

He added that, a total of 222 cases were reported during the period under review while for the first quarter, 132 cases were recorded, adding that, currently, 26 of the reported cases were under investigation while in the first instance, the police investigated 44 cases.

He said 69 cases were currently awaiting trial as against 21 during the first quarter.

On road accidents, DSP Baah said, 56 people were killed between April and June, as against 60 who died between January and March, adding that 312 people were injured in the second quarter while 269 suffered a similar fate in the first three months of the year.

In all, the Regional MTTU Commander said a total of 206 accident cases were recorded during the second quarter, compared to 158 in the first quarter. These involved 162 and 116 number vehicles respectively.

He said 39 pedestrians were knocked down in the region in the first quarter of the year, noting that while the figure reduced to 23 in the second quarter, the number was still on the high side.

He attributed the situation to speeding by drivers in town, despite the existence of speed rumps or carelessness on the part of pedestrians while crossing the road.

DSP Baah appealed to pedestrians to be extra careful when crossing the road in their respective towns and settlement areas.

He advised motorists to ensure their vehicles have effective lighting, particularly, in foggy weather and  during rains, since visibility was very bad during such periods.

Source: Daily Graphic

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