The Central Region of Ghana records high of 208 deaths relating to road accidents between January and October 2020, compared to 133 in 2019 and a total of 1, 194 individuals were also wounded in the 768 motor accidents caused by 1,248 automobiles as against 766 and 1, 216 with 174 pedestrian knockdowns within the same period in 2019.
In a monitored interview after a road safety sensitization campaign at Winneba Junction in the Central Region of Ghana, Ms. Linda A. Annan, Central Regional Head of the Ghana Road Safety Authority (GRSA) conveyed her regret that current road data ranked the Central Region the fifth with high cases in Ghana.
The road safety sensitization campaign was organized by the Ghana Road Safety Authority with support from the Ghana Police Service, the National Fire Service Fire, and the Ambulance Service, the sensitization campaign was on the theme; ”We Need to arrive Safely”, to caution road users ahead of the Christmas festivities and beyond.
Ms. Linda A. Annan disclosed that 307 motorcycles collided during the period, while 530 of the vehicles involved in the road accidents were commercial vehicles, with private vehicles numbering up to 411 as compared to 571 and 397 recorded in 2019, She credited the causes of road traffic accidents to over speeding, fatigue driving, wrongful overtaking, unqualified drivers, worn-out tyres, etc.
Ms. Annan pointed out that vehicle drivers abandoned their automobiles on the shoulders of the road and unapproved places on the roads, while immobilized automobiles were sometimes left in the middle of the roads leading to accidents.
She expounded that road accidents could be avoided if road users rigorously respect road safety practices and vehicle drivers lived up to prospects and does not misbehave. And further called on pedestrians to use the right pedestrian crossing available and not to cross roads unaware of the traffic on the road. Ms Annan instructed commuters on board automobiles to courteously talk to the divers when they drive above their speed limits.