A junior doctor at the Greater Accra Regional Hospital broke down in tears on the Spintex Road after her arrest for using a fake trade plate on Wednesday morning.
She claimed that she was one of several drivers who had fallen victim to ‘Goro boys’, persons involved in the illegal business of issuing fake roadworthy and trade plates to the unsuspecting public.
But neither the junior doctor and scores of others caught in similar offences or driving on the shoulders of the Spintex Road, like an Indian national, were spared during Citi TV’s War Against Indiscipline exercise.
The culprits have been arrested and processed for the Kaneshie Motor Court at Adabraka.
An official of the Public Affairs Department of the Ghana Police Headquarters, ASP Simon Tenkuu warned the public to take personal responsibility for acquiring genuine licenses, plates and stickers.
He explained that armed robbers and kidnappers use undocumented vehicles and fake plates to conduct their operations hence the need for responsible citizens to acquire genuine documents and plates.
He also hinted that the police will soon clamp down on ‘Goro boys’ who undermine the work of the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA).
On his part, the Head of Enforcement at the DVLA, Joseph Clifford Obosu, who was present with his team of officers to authenticate trade plates and documents of drivers, advised the public to deal directly with officers of the authority to avoid being swindled by ‘Goro boys’ and falling in the hands of law enforcement authorities.
The War Against Indiscipline campaign has led several reckless drivers getting arrested for various crimes on the road.
It started in May 2019 and in June, the station roped in police to name, shame and punish persons who break road traffic regulations.
The campaign is intended to run until May 2020.
As of July 2019, Citi TV‘s collaboration with the police to clamp down on errant drivers has accrued to the state over GH¢258,000.
The amount was realized from 499 drivers who were arrested for breaching traffic regulations on various roads in Accra.
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