447 died in road crashes in six months

About 447 deaths were recorded from 2,710 road crashes in the first six months of this year.

The crashes, involving 4,320 vehicles, recorded 2,381 injuries, 554 knockdowns of which 783 were serious, and 357 fatal according to statistics from the Police Motor Transport and Traffic Department (MTTD) of the Police Service copied The Ghanaian Times.

Though the figure was lower than that of last year’s 3,368 within the same period, the 447 fatalities in the second quarter, was slightly higher than the 416 within the same period last year.

This year’s 2,381 injuries is lower compared to last year’s second quarter of 2,885, with 630 knockdowns, 2,069, minor, 939 serious and 355 fatal.

The Director-General of MTTD, Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Angwubetoge Awuni, expressed worry about accidents in the country saying though the department together with other road safety agencies were doing everything possible to curb accidents through sensitisation programmes, the figure kept increasing.

In a telephone interview, he advised road users to observe road safety regulations by adhering to road signs and also respecting the rights of other road users.

He noted that apart from mechanical factors which caused accidents, it had been observed that most accidents were human errors noting that the observance of road safety regulations by road users and respect of the rights of other users, would go a long way to reduce casualties.

DCOP Awuni also urged pedestrians to be observant when using the roads particularly when crossing, stressing that they should endeavour to cross at designated areas such as zebra crossings and footbridges.

By Francis Asamoah Tuffour    

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