11,035 road crashes, 1,606 deaths recorded as at October

Joyce Bawa Moctari Deputy Min. of Transport (3)A total of 11,035 road traffic crashes involving 16,749 vehicles, with 9,648 injuries and 1,606 deaths, were recorded nationwide as at October this year.

The situation represents an increase of 3.1per cent in the number of vehicles involved in accidents and 4.1 per cent of deaths within the same period last year.

Mrs Joyce Moctar Bawa, Deputy Minister of Transport made these known on Saturday during a road safety walk, and the launch of a Christmas sensitisation campaign organised by the ministry.

She noted that road crashes situation in Ghana often gets worse in November and December and especially during the festive season of Christmas and New Year.

She noted that this year, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has been championing responsibility on the part passengers and pedestrians, since they are in a better position to monitor drivers prior to departure and when the vehicle was in a motion.

“As we expect responsibility from transport operators, passengers have to be observant to speak up against all manner of risky behaviours like speeding, driving tired, wrongful overtaking among others,” she said.

She urged drivers and motorists to be cautious during the festive season, and to obey traffic rules, wear crash helmets and also avoid behaviours that could endanger their lives, their passengers and that of other road users.

She urged the NRSC to continue to intensify its public awareness of road safety hazards and their preventive measures, and also collaborate with the DVLA, and the Police MTTD, to strengthen their existing task force arrangement to enforce road traffic regulations on the roads and at the lorry stations.

Mrs Mary Obiri-Yeboah, Executive Director, of NRSC, appealed to passengers to always endeavour to board vehicles at the lorry stations and not by the road side so that they could report the misconduct of a driver or loss of items on vehicles to the appropriate union executives.

Mr. Victor Owusu, Secretary, of the Achimota Bus Terminal Drivers Association, appealed to the government to provide another route at the terminal for pupils of Achimota School, as some of them encounter danger from vehicles in their quest to get to the terminal via the main entrance.

“I will appeal to the government to create another entrance to the terminal to be used by only the school pupils, since one of them was recently knocked down by a car when trying to come to the station using the main entrance,” he said.

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