The Ghana Police Service has hinted that it will soon arrest drivers who commit minor traffic offense and charge them on the spot to bring more sanity and discipline into the road traffic management system in the country.
Disclosing this at a press conference on the Road Safety Performance for 2014 organised by the National Road Safety Commission in Accra, DSP Alexander Kwaku Obeng, Motor Traffic Transport Unit (MTTU) Officer In- charge of Education and Research, said a first spot fine offence would attract a charge of five penalty units, amounting to GH¢60.
“If an MTTU Officer pulls you (a driver) over for certain Minor Traffic Offense, you will have two options 1. Admit your offense, take a ticket, go to a pay-point and pay the fine or 2. Deny your offense and request a court date” he added.
He explained further that if a recalcitrant driver commits minor offenses for six times the Police will have no option than to take him/her to court, stressing that the driving license will also be revoked and the driver jailed.
He noted that 38 offenses have been identified for ‘spot fines’, DSP Obeng said they include: Refusal to renew road worthiness; refusal to renew driver’s license; refusal to wear seat belt; driving motorcycles without crash helmets, and driving on the shoulders of the road.
“These are basic offenses every (a) driver is not supposed to [commit], because it is part of the ethics of driving, but because of urbanisation and sheer indiscipline among drivers, they continue to expose other Ghanaians to danger on a daily basis.
“Regulation 157 of the law states that [a] first traffic offense found under the ‘spot fine’ regime comes with five penalty units. For each of the penalty units, offenders shall pay a fine of GH¢60.” This means that first time offenders will pay not more than GH¢60.
“The penalties apply to first, second and third offenses, but for a fourth offense, ten penalty units are charged. For sixth offense and above, ‘spot fines’ are not applied. The matter is sent to court, where the court may revoke offender’s license,” DSP Obeng explained.
The Ghana National Safety Commission also presented three speed redial guns and 12 afro meters worth GHc 270,000 to the Ghana Police to aid them in their road safety campaign.
Earlier the Commission noted that 1,730 persons were killed in road accidents, 4,797 people had serious injury and the fatality rate was 13.98.
For 2015 interventions, the Commission was of the view that it is possible that the Commission would be transformed National Road Safety Authority where they will have more power to make sure that the roads in the country are safe.
They also urge the DVLA to continue more private garages to provide computer based vehicles inspection, Electronic Roadworthy Certificates, Seatbelts.
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