Addis Fortune (Addis Ababa)

Ethiopia: Adama Residents Being Punished for Improper Road Use

The Adama Town Traffic Police and the Road & Transport Authority started charging pedestrians, who do not use the left side of the road as of last week. Before resorting to punishment, the town's traffic police gave awareness on how to use road properly to pedestrians through announcements.

"But people fail to comply with the rule moving the traffic police to charge them," says Abiy Gemechu (dep. Serg.), a traffic police.

Police charge those who use the right side of the road 40 Br, but if they cannot pay the charge upfront they would be sent to the police station and arrested for four hours and admonished before being released. The charge would also be shifted up to 100 Br in a week's time.

police charged 140 pedestrians up until Friday evening and the Authority collected 5,600 Br in return as well as 800 people were arrested for four hours and set free.

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