163 killed in 937 accident last month

A total of 163 people were killed in 937 road accidents nationwide, in January this year, as against 130 deaths during the same period the previous year.

About 910 people also sustained various injuries while 302 pedestrian knock downs were recorded during the crashes.

The accidents involved 623 commercial vehicles, 545 private cars and 236 motor bikes.

The breakdowns are Accra-357,Tema-87,Eastern-94,Central-76,Western-35,Ashanti-152,Volta-37,Northern-28,Upper West -13,Upper East-19,and Brong Ahafo region-39.

The Staff Officer of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Emmanuel Adu Boahen who disclosed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday expressed worry over the issue.

He stated that some of the causes of the crashes were human error, driving under the influence of alcohol, over speeding and wrongful overtaking among others.

DSP Boahen said as part of efforts to improve sanity on the roads, the MTTD was intensifying its educational campaign to educated drivers in adopting best practices on the roads.

“We have also tasked all regional commanders to intensify their public education at churches, mosque and other public places.’’he stressed.

DSP Boahen said the MTTD would collaborate with stakeholders in ensuring sanity on the roads.

He said enough personnel would also be deployed on the roads to ensure that drivers abide by the road safety regulations.

The Staff Officer advised pedestrians to use designated routes when crossing the roads, It is an offence to cross the roads at unapproved routes.

He urged drivers to abide by the road safety regulations, adding that drivers who flout the laws would be arrested and prosecuted.

By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi

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