By Richard Attenkah
Last weekend, a joint team of personnel from the Tema Regional Police Command and the Tema office of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA), impounded 28 vehicles at Dawa, along the Tema-Aflao highway.
The vehicles, which were impounded, had problems ranging from faulty car tail lights, shattered windscreens, driving without licenses, and no fire extinguisher among others.
The exercise was aimed at helping to check drivers and motorists along that stretch of the road, to ensure that they use the legitimate driving documents and other required tools and equipment, to help reduce accidents on our roads.
Briefing the media, the Tema Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Augustine Gyenning, explained that since some drivers had decided to make the work of the police difficult, they would also ensure that they don’t go scot free when they flout the road regulations.
He appealed to drivers to be circumspect when driving, especially, with the New Year fast-approaching, so that they could save lives on our roads.
ACP Gyenning stated that drivers whose vehicles were impounded would be arraigned before court, come Monday, for the law to take its course.
A driver of one of the impounded vehicles, with registration number GR 7516 J, Mr. Fosu Ivan, who claimed to be a worker of the Department of Feeder Roads of the Ministry of Roads and Highways, was not left out.
The Regional Police Commander stated that Mr. Ivan has been driving for the past nine years with an expired driver license, and has a sticker on his car with the inscription, ‘Government of the Republic of Ghana,’ which is also a fake.
The Tema DVLA boss, Alhaji Iddrisu Hussein, said they saw the need to collaborate with the police to embark on the exercise, because, they believe it would help them compel owners and drivers of over-aged vehicles which are faulty, to put their vehicles in good condition, as well as arrest drivers with expired, or driving without the necessary driving documents.
He called on drivers to ensure that they carry along their driving licenses whenever they hit the road, and cautioned those who use fake driving documents, to desist from such acts.
Alhaji Hussein revealed that most of the drivers, who encounter problems with our police personnel along our roads, is because they do not use the right approach to acquire their driving licenses, but rather use the services of “Goro boys”.
The Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Tema Regional Police Command, Chief Inspector Olivia Turkson, advised passengers to appreciate the message of the police, by ensuring that they report the conducts of careless drivers to save their lives.
“It is high time passengers report fake and careless drivers who drive without licenses to the police, in order to prevent the massive rate of accident on our roads,” she stressed, and explained that the exercise would last till the end of the coming New Year celebrations.