Kumasi, March 15, GNA – Three hundred and ninety drivers in Kumasi were, last year, fined a total of GH¢93,915.00 by the courts for various road traffic offences.
They were arrested by the Kumasi Police Central Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) for driving without license, carrying excess passengers, speeding vehicles, careless and inconsiderate driving.
Police Chief Superintendent Godact Dodzi Hlordzi, Ashanti Regional MTTU Commander, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that, in all, 503 offending drivers were prosecuted.
Out of the number, 25 were freed, while the cases of 78 others are still pending.
Bench warrants had also been issued for the arrest of 10 of the offenders, he added.
Chief Superintendent Hlordzi said they had stepped up efforts at helping to bring some level of discipline and sanity on the roads to assure travelers of their safety.
As part of the effort, they had deployed more personnel to manage traffic and enforce the law.
Added to that is the use of radar guns to check speeding and breathalyzers to tackle drunk driving.
He said prohibition orders would also be issued to get all vehicles in bad shape off the roads. They would also see to it that disabled vehicles are parked at safer places.
The Regional MTTU Commander said they were determined to do everything to reduce deaths and injury through reckless driving.
Ashanti Region recorded 2,162 road accidents, last year, which claimed 326 lives while 2,683 others were injured.

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