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21.05.2007 Crime & Punishment

Motor Court Fines Driver ¢9.6m

The Motor Court, presided over by Mr Justice Samuel Diawuo, has sentenced a Man Diesel tipper truck driver, Simon Sion, to a fine of ¢9.6 million for a number of motor traffic offences.

In default, he will serve nine months' imprisonment with hard labour to serve as a deterrent to other road users.

A statement signed by the Commanding Officer of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Police Service, ACP Victor Tandoh, said on May 16, 2007, Sion was driving the truck with registration number GT 5986 P from the 37 Military Hospital towards Achimota along the Obansanjo Highway.

It said on his arrival at a spot between the 37 Military Hospital and the Kawukudi traffic lights, the truck developed a fault.

“The driver then abandoned the truck in the middle of the road, only to place blocks and leaves at the rear of the vehicle to serve as advance warning, putting other road users at very high risk of running over the blocks and getting involved in accident,” it explained.

The statement said that could not escape the watchful eyes of the Commanding Officer of the MTTU, who saw the imminent danger to commuters and other road users.

It said the MTTU boss quickly called for a recovery truck, which towed the break-down vehicle to the Airport MTTU where the driver was processed and charged with causing danger to road users.