BY Joseph Nana Yaw Cobbina
A total of 2,249 people died last year, as a result of motor accidents with 14,181 others injured. It involved 21,817 vehicles comprising of 10,587 commercial vehicles, 8,790 private vehicles and 2,440 motor-bikes. In 2011, a total of 19,530 vehicles were involved in accidents with 13,372 people sustaining injuries.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Weekly Observer in Accra, the Chairman of National of Progressive Transport Owners Association of Ghana (PROTOA) who double as President of Ghana Road Transport Coordinating Council (GRTCC),Mr. Ben Peprah Amoabeng stressed that it is rather unfortunate that a lot of our human resources as Ghanaians are lost through road accidents and yet the government of Ghana channels funds into preventable diseases such malaria, HIV/AIDS and the like.
He explianed that according to recent statistics, over two thousand people die annually due to road accidents in our motherland. There are so many causes of road Accidents in Ghana but I would like to highlight on a few.
The role of drivers, road networks, passengers and pedestrians are the major factors accountable for the increasing rate at which accidents occur in our country.
He advised drivers to make this year’s Christmas peaceful and accident-free. In a Christmas message to drivers, especially those who ply Kumasi-Accra and the drivers to avoid overloading, over-speeding and unnecessary over-taking to spare the public the agony of road accidents.
Mr.Amoabeng commended the drivers plying Accra-Kumasi road for maintaining their accident-free record for five consecutive years and advised them to maintain it. He said drivers who have exhibited a high sense of professionalism, discipline and courtesy to passengers would be honoured by the end of the year. ”Sanctions would be slapped on drivers who would drive carelessly and unprofessionally during this Christmas.
”The year 2015 must lead to ?massive transformation? in the lives of Ghanaians and the economy, according to the PROTOA chair.
He lamented that next year looks promising and Ghanaians must pray for more blessings on the country that will lead to prosperity.
Mr.Peprah-Amoabeng stated that a clean environment leads to long life and once every citizen makes it a priority to keep the surroundings clean, the country will transform.
Meanwhile the Director of Education for Ghana Police Service and MTTD Mr.Alexerder Obeng said ?We pray for a prosperous New Year ? a year of massive transformation in our lovely city. Let our goal be to keep our city clean for our own benefit.?
He said it recorded about 2,330 fatalities and 13,572 road crashes nationwide last year.
In all 19,530 vehicles were involved in the crashes recorded. They included commercial vehicles, private motor vehicles and motor cycles.According to the MTTU, the number of road crashes and vehicles involved increased marginally by 4.5% and 5.1% respectively. Out of the over 13,000 road crashes 1,729 of these accidents were fatal.
Those who were knocked down whilst walking by road or crossing it were 2,255.This figure is a 17% increase to that of 2010 whilst those were injured in the process of the crash also increased by 19.1% (from 11,1147 to 13,272).
Still comparing the rate of 2010 accidents to that of last year, the rate increased by 4.5% whilst fatalities increased by 32.2% as those who died in 2010 because of road crashes were 1,760.
In all the 2011 cases, Greater Accra Region recorded over 42% of all road crashes in the country. Most motorcycles are in the Northern part of the country but most of the motorcycles fatalities occurred in the Greater Accra region. In terms of gender about 72% of those who were killed were males.
Adding that, ?Do enjoy the festivities but also do endeavour to keep yourself safe so that we can all meet in the New Year.