- 14 people arrested for carious motor offences
- The 14 will be arraigned to court on Monday
Fourteen people in the Upper East region have been arrested in Bolgatanga for a number of road-safety-related offences.
The 14 were arrested by the Upper East Regional Police Commander during a special operation on Friday against gross traffic indiscipline in the regional capital. The accused persons to appear in court next Monday for charges including driving with expired license and expired roadworthiness certificates, riding unregistered motorcycles, driving without seat belts and riding without protective crash helmets.
Addressing journalists at the close of the operation, the Upper East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Simon Afeku, said he expected such politicians to rather show good examples. He noted that politicins were not exempted from road issues and it is no respecter of social status.
He noted that it concerns life and the lives of other persons who are using the road. He entreated all to comply, especially those in authority, so they can set an example to the ordinary people to follow. The Regional Commander noted that his outfit has recorded a number of needless fatalities due to noncompliance
DCOP Afeku also pointed out that the exercise would be replicated in the other areas of the region. Political interference has remained a major challenge to the enforcement of the law in the wake of any breach of traffic laws.
Statistically, it has been seen that over 90 percent of crashes on the road is due to driver and other road users’ behaviour. Only two percent or a little bit more is due to the vehicle condition or the nature of the road,” he added. According to the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), at least 192 road crashes were recorded in the region in 2015. The crashes left 183 people injured and 64 dead.