By Eugene Ohemeng / Martin Opoku, GNA Sunyani, Jan. 14, GNA – The Brong-Ahafo Region recorded higher cases of road crashes
By Eugene Ohemeng / Martin Opoku, GNA
Sunyani, Jan. 14, GNA – The Brong-Ahafo Region recorded higher cases of road crashes in 2018 than 2017, as a total of 475 cases were recorded last year against the previous year of 434.
This indicates a difference of 41 crashes.
Police Superintendent (P/Supt.) Stella Sedame, the Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (MTTD) who told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview said there 41 more crashes in 2018 than 2017.
On the category of cases in 2018, P/Supt. Sedame said 199, 172 and 104 were fatal, serious and minor crashes in that order but in 2017 fatal cases were 183, while serious and minor accidents were also 156 and 95 respectively.
She said 688 vehicles that comprised 292 commercial, 170 private and 226 motor bikes (including bicycles, tricycles and handcarts) were involved in 2018, while 634 vehicles that consisted of 279 commercial, 150 private and 205 motor bikes crashed in 2017.
Supt. Sedame expressed regret that 241 deaths and 691 injuries were recorded in 2018, as against 225 and 657 in 2017 and attributed the cause among others to the disobedience to the road and traffic rules and regulations.
She said the MTTD would continue to collaborate with the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) and the National Road Safety Commission to educate the leadership of the transport Unions and drivers about road signs and their importance to drastically reduce road accidents in the country.
Supt. Sedame advised the drivers to always maintain their vehicles to make them road worthy and safer to drive, cautioning that pedestrians must also be careful when crossing and walking along the roads, especially when accompanied by kids.