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Crime & Punishment Fri, 22 Jan 2016

Police impounds 53 motorbikes in Cape Coast

Fifty-three unregistered and unlicensed motorbikes have been impounded in a special operation by the Motor, Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Ghana Police Service in the Cape Coast Metropolis.

The exercise, carried out on major routes in the Metropolis between last Monday and Wednesday was aimed at checking the activities of motorbikes and tricycle riders who abuse road traffic regulations.

Chief Superintendent of Police Felix Kwasi Cosmos, Regional MTTU Commander told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) that some of the riders arrested were not wearing crash helmets thereby exposing themselves to danger in the event of accidents.

He said 21 owners of the impounded motorbikes have been arraigned before court while the other 12 cases were still under investigation.

He said the court has also issued a bench warrant for the arrest of 19 persons who failed to show up at the court.

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According to him, they were charged with offenses ranging from driving without license, Insurance and road worthy certificates from the DVLA, among others and were convicted to a fine between GH?600.00 to Gh?800.00.

A total of GH?11,520.00 was accrued from the fines and was in the coffers of the Government.

C/Supt Cosmos said most accidents that occur in the metropolis were caused by motorbikes or tricycle riders and maintained that the Police would continue to ensure that they act in consonance with the law that regulates their activities.

“Even though the use of motorbikes for commercial transport, popularly called “Okada”, is not prevalent in the Metropolis, some individuals and organizations use them but many fail to adhere to road regulations," he said.

Source: GNA
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