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Motorcyclists in Tamale Demonstrate

2007-10-12 15:40:37
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Hundreds of motorcyclists in the Tamale Metropolis has embarked on a three-hour demonstration against court fines of between 2.5 and 15.5 million cedis imposed on their colleagues by the Tamale Circuit Court for not wearing helmets.

The motorcyclists waved tree branches, burnt tyres and blocked the main roads preventing other vehicles from using the roads and openly rode on their motorcycles without helmets daring the police to arrest them.

A Circuit Court at Tamale presided over by Mrs Angelina Mensah convicted 24 motorcyclists to fines raging between 2.5 and 15.5 million cedis for breaking a traffic regulation by riding without helmets.

Speaking to the GNA one of the demonstrators, who only identified himself as Issahaku, said the fines imposed of their offending colleagues was too much and needed to be reviewed. He said it was also disheartening that a nursing mother was among those arrested, having the child separated from her only to be brought to her at intervals to be breast-fed.

He said since the motorcycle was the major means of transport in the metropolis the police should have taken into consideration that it was the means by which most parents carried their children to school. When contacted, Mr Abdul-Razak Yussif, Chairman of the Tamale Motor Dealers’ Association, said the Association was not aware of the demonstration and had no hand in it.

He said before the police embarked on the exercise to arrest motorcyclists for not wearing helmets they informed the Association and also sought their assistance to help educate the motorcyclists on the use of the helmet. Efforts by the demonstrators to meet the Regional Minister proved futile as he was reported to be out of the office.

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