116 died from road crashes in E. Region

The Eastern Region between January and June, recorded 116 deaths and 1,001 injuries from motor accidents.

The figure represented a 17 percent drop from 144 deaths, and 1,247 injuries in 2014.

The Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Kwasi Yirenkyi, who disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency at Koforidua, urged motorists, passengers and pedestrians to make their safety a priority.

“We targeted that if, we should record accident deaths at all, it should not exceed 128 for the half year, but from January to the end of June, this year, the region recorded a total of 116 deaths, which is an improvement, but not impressive,” Mr. Yirenkyi said.

He expressed worry about the careless attitude of most users towards road safety, in spite of the extensive education the NRSC had continued to offer.

“Most Ghanaians seem to take things for granted; motorists know what to do and know the consequences of what they do, yet they decide to practice the vice,” he said.

He said his outfit would continue to intensify road safety education to ensure that no death was recorded in the next half of the year, adding that the council was devising appropriate strategies to achieve the expected target by the end of 2015.

Motor accident statistics provided by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service in the region, showed that a total of 740 vehicles were involved in road crashes in the first half of the year, as against 1,063 in the same period in 2014, indicating a 30 per cent reduction in cases reported.

A total of 130 pedestrians were knocked down in the first half of this year, as compared to 173, during the same period in 2014, showing a 24 per cent reduction.

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