3,046 died in election year accidents

A total of 3,046 persons were involved in road accidents in the Central Region, in the past three general elections with 552 losing their lives, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has revealed.

According to the Regional Manager of the commission, Mr. Stephen Anokye, as at the end of October this year, 623 people had been involved in accidents, out of which 102 had perished.

Though the year had not ended, he said, this year’s figure could be relatively better than previous election years and also better than the same period last year, during which the commission recorded 612 accident victims with 140 deaths in the region.

In a presentation on his behalf at the Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) meeting, he said abuse of road regulations was high in the last quarter of election years, a situation which could be prevented if care was taken during political activities.

He therefore stressed the need for political parties to ensure that their supporters adhere to  road regulations during their campaign activities as the December 7 polls draws nearer to prevent such fatalities.

The meeting was a platform created for various heads of departments and agencies in the region to brief the coordinating council on their activities and other issues of pertinence in order to improve their performance.

Giving details on the election year accidents, Mr. Anokye said 1,026 victims with 188 deaths were recorded in 2004 with the figure reducing to 741 victims with 145 deceased persons in 2008.

However, the rate increased to 1,279 victims and 219 deaths in 2012.

He said the main causes of accidents in the region were human errors such as overspeeding, wrongful overtaking, reckless driving, alcoholism and drug abuse while driving as well as lack of proper maintenance of vehicles.

Mr. Anokye said the trend observed was that more men were dying with persons between age 18 and 55 who were supposed to be the breadwinners and active group were the victims of such accidents, although he did not present statistics to back the observation.

 

From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast

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