At least fifty(50) lives were lost between January and June this year, the Bono regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Department(MTTD), Supt Stephen Tenkorang has said.
Giving statistics on the road accidents recorded in the said period, Supt Tenkorang noted that, 41 fatal cases were recorded with 123 injuries and 36 serious injuries. He added that, the accidents involved 52 private vehicles, 71 commercial vehicles and 76 motor cycles.
He made this known when speaking at a National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) engagement with the Ghana Journalist Association (GJA) Monday July 6 in Sunyani dubbed ‘Media for road safety’ on the theme “Effective Road Advocacy: Role of Media(GJA)”
The Campaign Headline: Arrive Alive, is aimed at reducing the increasing number of people who were killed yearly by road accidents to at least 540.
The Authority has teamed up with the media to drive the campaign for safety on Ghana’s roads.
“In Ghana, the major causes of road accidents are; bad weather condition, poor road network, mechanical fault of vehicles and human error”, he stressed.
National President of the Ghana Journalist Association, Mr. Roland Affail Monney who was present at the engagement charged Journalist to move away from reporting on raid accidents when they occur and look at how best they can use their various platforms to prevent road carnage.
The Director in charge of Education and Research for MTTD, Supt Alexander Obeng on his part noted that, the nation is currently battling with the increasing number of accidents involving motorcycle and this, according to him is claiming more lives.
Source: Ghana/Dinpafm.com/91.3FM/Akua Nyarko Abronoma