Number Of Road Crashes, Injuries, And Fatalities Fall
Provisional data on road crashes, injuries and fatalities in Ghana have showed a reduction, according to the Minister for Transport, Kwaku Ofori Asiamah.
The Minister attributed the reduction to interventions put in place to halve road accidents by 2030.
Among the interventions, he said, include empowerment of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), the “Stay Alive” Campaign and Inspections.
“Institutional strengthening of the National Road Safety Authority to enable them to ensure compliance to road safety measures, policies and guidelines as well as regulate the commercial and transport operators; Nationwide campaigns dubbed “Stay Alive”.
“Pre Departure checks at major lorry stations or terminals; Road Safety education and awareness programmes in schools, churches, mosques lorry terminal, among others; joint enforcement activities with the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority.”
During a press briefing on Wednesday, March 29, 2023, Mr Asiamah said 14,960 road crashes, 15,690 injuries and 2,373 fatalities were recorded in Ghana in 2022.
This constitutes a 7.55% reduction in crashes, 1.54% in injuries and 20.10% in fatalities compared to the same period in 2021.
For January and February 2023 compared to the same period last year, he said crashes, injuries and fatalities reduced by 15.35%, 8.27%, and 31.5 respectively.
Despite this stride, Mr Asiamah noted that more must be done to achieve the target and therefore called for the collective effort of stakeholders.
Source: opemsuo.com/Hajara Fuseini