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01.02.2005 Crime & Punishment

Driver fined 600,000 cedis for dangerous driving

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Juaso (Ash), Feb 1, GNA - A 23-year-old driver at Bompata whose dangerous driving nearly resulted in a fatal accident at Asankare on the Kumasi-Accra road, has been fined 600,000 cedis by the Juaso circuit court in the Asante-Akim South district.

Kofi Asante, who had earlier been remanded in custody for a week, pleaded guilty and will go to jail for six months in default. The court ordered Asante should sign a bond to be of good behaviour or go to jail for three months.

Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Jacob Anin told the court, presided over by Mr Jacob Boon, that on November 11, 2004, the accused was driving a bus from Konongo to Adomfe with passengers on board. He said on reaching a spot at Asankare Leadership Youth Training Centre, Asante forced his way to overtake vehicles ahead of him and in the process nearly collided with oncoming vehicles.

ASP Anin said the passengers, who had earlier warned the driver against the overtaking reported his conduct to the police.

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