The Ghana Police Service will begin an exercise to clamp down on illegal use of sirens by motorists starting Thursday, 6 April 2017.
This follows the end of a grace period of one week given by the police against the installation and use of sirens by unauthorised persons. The directive was issued on 29 March 2017.
“The Police is hereby entreating all unauthorised persons and institutions who have installed and [are] using sirens and horns to cease the practice since defaulters shall be prosecuted,” the statement signed by the Director of Public Affairs of the Ghana Police Service, Superintendent Cephas Arthur, said.
The police said “the warning also goes to unauthorised users to desist from abusing the facility as they shall face the law upon arrest. The police administration is going to embark on a nationwide exercise to enforce the law”.
According to the statement, the police service is not happy about the disregard for laws regarding the use of sirens and shall clamp down on abusers.
“The Police Administration has observed with grave concern the unauthorised use of horns and sirens as regulated by Regulation 74 of the Road Traffic Regulations of 2012 (LI 2180),” the release said.
The police said the only vehicles that are permitted to use sirens are government vehicles used for official purposes by the Head of State, police vehicles, motor vehicles used by the Fire Service, motor vehicles used as ambulance by hospitals and clinics, motor vehicles used by other recognised government security agencies, and bullion vehicles registered by the licensing authority.