Ghana: The Accra Motor Court has fined 388 drivers a total of GH¢ 41,430 for the misuse of sirens and hazard lights to beat traffic during rush hours in the city.
This followed a joint exercise launched by the Police and the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) to check motorists on the abuse of sirens and hazard lights in the country.
The Director General at the Public Affairs Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Mr David Senanu Eklu, who disclosed this in an interview with the Daily Graphic in Accra last Friday, said the drivers were apprehended at various points within the metropolis including Airport Aviation, Spintex, Pokuase, Amasaman and Accra Central.
In all, he said, 400 drivers were arrested for breaking the law and that the 388 drivers were put before court and fined various sums of money totalling GH¢ 41,430 as the rest were still in court.
He added that 148 motorbike riders, who were also arrested for jumping red rights, were fined a total of GH¢89,220 while the case of two others were still pending before the court.
Mr Eklu explained that the exercise was not to harass or intimidate motorists but rather ensure the safety of pedestrians and other road users.
“Now that we have successfully implemented the first phase of arresting and fining the motorists, our next move is to start naming and shaming owners of V8 vehicles who also flout the laws.