Some impounded vehicles
The Western Regional Police Command last Thursday impounded 125 rickety vehicles in a special traffic enforcement exercise in the Sekondi-Takoradi metropolis.
The unannounced operation was carried out at various road intersections in the metropolis.
During the exercise, 68 and 57 vehicles were impounded in Sekondi and Takoradi respectively for various traffic offences.
The exercise was aimed at ensuring sanity on the road.
Briefing journalists after the exercise, the Western Regional Police Commander DCOP Alex Quainoo, noted that in all 120 officers and men took part in the exercise aimed at impounding rickety vehicles.
He indicated that in a previous exercise which saw the seizure of about 163 vehicles, the drivers were asked to fix the defects on their vehicles.
He mentioned that rickety vehicles were not supposed to be on the roads and that it was not the intent of the police to arrest and prosecute such drivers but to make sure that those cars were road worthy.
‘But those who were arrested in last Thursday’s exercise would not be set free but prosecuted at the court and after that I will make sure they fix the problems with their vehicles,’ DCOP Quainoo added.
He pointed out that this would serve as deterrent for other motorists, adding that the police would conduct such surprise exercises on regular basis.
The Regional Police Commander entreated motorists to always abide by road traffic regulations to ensure safety on the road and avert unwarranted crashes.
She explained that the exercise was aimed at reducing accidents in the metropolis and the entire region.
ASP Olivia Ewurabena Adiku, Regional Police Public Relations Officer (PRO), noted that most drivers do not have relevant documents and usually drive without license.
She indicated that the exercise was very necessary to protect life and property.
‘It is a shared responsibility between the police and the public to ensure order on the road in order to protect life and property,’ the Regional Police PRO said.
‘I wonder why drivers would drive with expired insurance, road worthy certificates and income tax documentation, and motorbike riders don’t want not wear crash helmet.
She therefore appealed to drivers to obtain the requisite documents.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi
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