Crime

Road accidents in three regions increase

Road accidents in Bono, Bono East and Ahafo have slightly increased, but deaths as a result of the accidents have decreased, between April and July 2019.

Statistics from the regional office of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) indicate that 56 people died through 170 cases of road crashes in the regions within the period.

The situation is relatively better compared to the 145 deaths that occurred through 156 crashes recorded between January and March this year.

Speaking in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) on the sidelines of a road safety campaign in Sunyani, Mr KwasiAgyenim Boateng, the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Head of the Commission, said driver discipline on accidents prone highways in the regions has improved.

He lauded collaboration between the regional offices of the NRSC, Police Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority (DVLA) and various transport unions, and expressed the hope that the collaboration would be deepened.

Mr Boateng commended personnel of the Commission, engaged under the Nation Builder Corps (NaBCo), for intensifying road safety campaign efforts.

Earlier, interacting with commercial drivers at the Nana Bosoma Central Market, Mr Boateng advised the drivers to observe road signs and avoid speeding to avoid accidents.

He said the road accident situation in the three regions was still high, and urged drivers to do regular vehicle maintenance, and check their brakes, tyres and lighting systems before starting a journey.

Superintendent Stephen Sarfo Tenkorang, the Bono, Bono East and Ahafo Regional Commander of the MTTD, said the police has intensified enforcement of traffic regulations in the regions.

He said his outfit has seized more than 100 driving licences from drivers for traffic offences, and would prosecute drivers with major offences.

Supt. Tenkorang said the police would not deal leniently with drivers whose vehicle’s roadworthy and insurance certificates has expired, and cautioned drivers to keep their driving licences with them while driving – GNA

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