Forty-four people were killed in 100 road accidents nationwide, during the 2016 presidential and parliamentary elections, as against 10 deaths during the 2012 polls.
A total of 169 people sustained various degrees of injury, and 42 pedestrians were knocked down by vehicles during the just-ended polls.
The accidents, which were recorded from December 7 to 11, involved 61 commercial vehicles, 67 private cars and 29 motorbikes.
The Director-General of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Patrick Adusei-Sarpong, who revealed this to The Ghanaian Times in Accra yesterday, said the accidents were due to over speeding and wrongful overtaking.
He gave the regional break down of road accidents as – Greater Accra, 39; Eastern,13; Central, 12; Western,1; Volta,12; Northern,9; Upper East,1 and Brong Ahafo, 13. The Ashanti and Upper West Region did not record any accidents.
ACP Adusei Sarpong said the MTTD would intensify its education of the public on the need to protect lives and property.
He said road accident affects which affect the growth of the country’s human resource Base and development.
ACP Adusei-Sarpong urged motorists to abide by road safety regulations, saying “We have to ensure that road safety issues are made priority in all activities.
He advised drivers to obtain documents such as road worthy certificate insurance and assured of the MTTD continuous commitment to bringing sanity on the road to save lives and property.
ACP Adusei-Sarpong advised drivers to desist from overloading, drunk driving, over speeding, and wrongful overtaking during the yuletide.
He urged pedestrians to use designated routes such as zebra crossing and overheads when crossing the roads.
By Anita Nyarko-Yirenkyi