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24.03.2007 General News

Motor court realises 501 million cedis

By myjoyonline
The Motor Court set up about three months ago has realised a total fine of 501 million cedis from motor traffic offences.

The offences included speeding, abuse of traffic lights, unlicensed persons, driving motor vehicles and driving on the shoulders of the road.

The Commanding Officer of the MTTU, Assistant Commissioner of Police, Victor Tandoh said that 186 motor cases were reported between January 15 to March 15 this year.

The specialized court was set up to solely prosecute motor traffic offenders to bring about enhanced traffic discipline on the roads.

Its establishment is to isolate the prosecution of motor traffic cases from other criminal cases in the courts to ensure speedy and efficient adjudication of motor traffic cases.

The first attempt to set up such a court was botched in the 1970s when the Trades Union Congress building being used for that purpose was taken away from the Judicial Service.

After that, there was no alternative room for that court and it was thus abandoned.

ACPP Tandoh explained that out of the 186 cases reported, 91 offenders were convicted; adding that out of those convicted only 82 could pay the fine.

Each driver, he said paid a fine between two million cedis and 12 million cedis based on the nature of the case.

ACP Tandoh said nine convicts could not pay their fines and were to serve prison terms of two to three months.

Culled from Daily Graphic