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2,330 people died in road crashes last year

     Sunyani, March 1, GNA - Provisional statistics from the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has revealed that 2,330 people died through 13,572 recorded road crashes in the country in 2011.
     Mr Daniel Wuako, Brong Ahafo Regional Manager of the Commission who disclosed this in an interview with the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Sunyani on Wednesday said 19,530 vehicles were involved in the crashes in which 13,272 people also suffered injuries.
     In a breakdown, the regional manager said Greater Accra recorded the highest number of crashes of 4,838 resulting in 275 deaths, followed by Ashanti Region with 2,1623 cases that killed 453 people.
     Mr Wuako said 1,333 accident cases and 166 deaths were recorded in Tema while Eastern Region recorded 1,331 cases and 270 dead.
     In the Central Region, a total of 247 people died through 1,411 road accidents, whilst 262 people perished in the Western Region through 915 reported accident cases, he said.
     A total of 724 accidents occurred in the Volta Region claiming 177 lives while in Brong Ahafo Region 271 people died in 652 accidents.
     Mr Wuako said 76 people died through 187 road crashes in Upper West, while in the Northern Region 79 deaths were recorded in 173 crashes, with Upper East Region recording 137 crashes resulting in 54 deaths.
     He said research conducted by the NRSC showed that speeding contributed more than 60 per cent of the causes of the road crashes and that more fatalities occurred on non-urban roads where speeds are greater and severity of casualties more.
     Mr Wuako said in the in Brong-Ahafo two crashes occurred last year at Bono-Manso and Nante, all on the Techiman-Kintampo highway claiming 44 lives.
     To minimise the spate of road crashes in the region this year, the regional manager said the regional office of the NRSC intended to provide speed radar guns and alco-metres to the Ghana Police Service and would involve Municipal and District Assemblies in road safety education.
     The NRSC, in collaboration with the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority  and the Police will undertake a joint enforcement exercise to weed out unlicensed drivers from the system, Mr Wuako said.
     He expressed concern that because of the new road environment on the Techiman-Kintampo highway, pedestrian knock-down was very alarming so the Commission intended to intensify community education in the area to help residents especially school children to be careful on the facility.
     The regional manager noted that road accidents increased during election years and the NRSC was working closely with the leadership of the various political parties in the region to promote road safety to arrest the situation.

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