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General News Mon, 9 Sep 2002

Three People Die Daily on Our Roads

Records from the National Road Safety Commission indicate that at least three people die everyday in a motor accident. According to the records an average of 21 people sustain various degrees of injury on the country’s roads.

You never know where the next accident will occur. But according to the National Road Safety Commission the most dangerous roads in Ghana are the Accra-Kumasi-Sunyani, the Aflao-Accra-Elubo, Bunso-Koforidua-Accra and the Kumasi-Mampong-Tamale highways. Most of the accidents on these highways and almost everywhere else in Ghana are caused by overspeeding and drunk-driving. And the statistics are alarming.

Between January and June this year, there was a nine percent increase in number of vehicles involved in accidents over the same period last year. There was a 12 percent decline in number of persons injured on the roads, contrasting with a 5 percent increase in the number of deaths. Between January and June this year, an average of 147 people were inured every week with about 350 vehicles involved.

The Information Officer at the Road Safety Commission, Noel Arcton-Tetteh, told Joy News that the commission has stepped up its efforts to help reduce the danger on the roads.

Apart from effective police supervision Mr. Tetteh also touched on community participation, as an essential ingredient for safety on Ghanaian roads

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Source: Joy News
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