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12.10.2007 General News

Motor riders in Tamale Metropolis protest

By Accra Mail

Hundreds of motor riders in the Tamale Metropolis on yesterday rode speedily on their motorbikes without helmets to the Regional Police Station to register their disapproval of the law that required them to wear helmets while riding.

The protest, which started at about 09:30 hours did not attract any action from the police. They took off from the police station through the Regional High Court to the Regional Administration hooting, drumming and singing "aah, eeh, no helmet".

The protesters passed through the various principal streets of the Metropolis defiantly for about an hour.

The Police Motor and Traffic Unit (MTTU) in the Metropolis has of late mounted an exercise to arrest riders, who refused to wear helmets, in a bid to reduce fatal accidents but this the riders disagreed hence the demonstration.

The protesters claimed some of them, who were sent to court were fined between GH¢400 and GH¢ 1,200, an amount they considered to be too high.

Sources from police administration, which pleaded anonymity, however, expressed shock at the unlawful behaviour of the riders but said; "the law will surely take its course".