W/Region records 91 road accident deaths

Ninety-one people have been killed through road accidents in the Western Region between January and September this year, as against 78 in 2020.

Out of the figure, 75 were males against 16 females, according to Nana AkuaAnsah, the Regional Director of the Road Safety Authority. 

She said the region also recorded 167 pedestrian knock-downs as against 130 cases last year. 

Nana Ansaah who made these known to the GNA in Takoradi, said there was significant decline in the number of persons injured within the period. 

According to her, out of a total of 1,199 vehicles involved in accidents, 526 persons suffered injuries against 654 cases last year. 

Nana Ansahsaid that, in the period under review, there were 437 commercial vehicles involved in road crashes as against 479 last year, while 447 private vehicles against 452, last year, were involved in the road crashes. 

According to her, 316 motorcycles accidents, which resulted in 29 deaths and 176 people seriously injured was also recorded. 

Nana Ansahsaid that out of the 91 deaths recorded, males below 18 years were four and those above 18–years were 71, while females below the age of 18 years were seven and those above 18 years were nine.

On Motor Traffic offences, Nana Ansah said a total of 435 cases including, over speeding, over loading, drunk driving, worn out tyres, without licence, expired documents, refusal to wear helmet and seat belt were recorded. 

The Regional Director said a total of 358 of the cases were taken to court of which 308 were convicted, 38 awaiting trial, 77 under investigation, one on beach warrant, two jailed and nine discharged. 

She said GH₵380,522.00 court fines were imposed out of which GH₵223,272.00 have been paid. 

Nana Ansaah said the Authority was committed to ensuring road safety in the country. 

She called on stakeholders to promote best road safety practices among road users as the yuletide approaches. – GNA

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