Ashanti records 250 accidents

A total of 250 people were killed in car crashes in the Ashanti Region last year, while 1,423 others, suffered various injuries, compared with 280 deaths and 1,495 injuries in 2013.

Mr. Thomas Wisdom Boakye, the Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), who provided the statistics at a press briefing in Kumasi, said the period saw 233 pedestrian knockdowns by vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles.

He noted that most of the accident deaths could have been avoided if there had been timely rescue, and proper professional handling of the victims.

That, he said, was one area serious attention should be focused on, from now.

Mr. Boakye spoke of the need for people to quickly call in the Ghana National Fire Service and the National Ambulance Service, the appropriate rescue operation teams, during such emergencies.

He condemned the insensitivity of some individuals, who instead of making efforts to get emergency aid for the crash victims, resorted to taking pictures with their smart phones to post on the social media.

“There are yet others, who take advantage of such unfortunate situations to steal from people, instead of providing assistance to them,” he said.

Mr. Boakye asked drivers to be more cautious and to observe road traffic laws to ensure safety on the roads.

He warned them against over-speeding, drink-driving and over-loading of their vehicles. —

GNA

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