71 died in road accidents in Central Region

Mr.Kweku Ricketts-Hagan,Central Regional Minister (16)Seventy-one people have lost their lives through road accidents in the Central Region between January and June this year.

 The figure is an 18 per cent increase from 60 lives lost during the same period last year.

 The Regional Police Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) Kwame Takyi Poku disclosed this at the Regional Coordinating Council Meeting held in Cape Coast.

 In the period under review, the region recorded 369 road accidents as against 372 last year, a marginal reduction of 0.8 per cent.

 Pedestrian knock down figure which stood at 67 last year, reduced to 65 but according to ACP Takyi, it was becoming a serious phenomenon.

He said within just a month three persons had been knocked down near Biriwa, close to the Accra–Cape Coast highway with the latest incident which occurred last week involving a six year old boy.

 He said the tragic death of the boy infuriated the youth who mounted road blocks causing serious traffic for long hours.

 He said residents are requesting for speed ramps to be constructed on that stretch of road to reduce pedestrian knockdowns, adding that the police was managing the situation.

 ACP Takyi reported that the main cause of such accidents had been identified as over speeding, road engineering challenges and careless driving.

 He said the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Service had liaised with the National Road Safety Commission to sensitise the public.

 On crime rate, ACP Poku disclosed that the region recorded a total of 22 robbery cases between January and May this year as against 67 recorded during the same period last year.

 On elections he said the command adequately trained 1,016 personnel in public order management and crowd control and would work with sister security agencies to maintain order.

 He said the intensity of illegal mining, had subsided in the region as the miners had shifted their focus to Wassa Akropong, Asankragua and other areas in the Western Region. 

 That notwithstanding, he said there were pockets of such activities rearing up its head in other parts of the region and said measures had been put in place to stop the perpetrators.

From Jonathan Donkor, Cape Coast

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