The Central Regional Operations Manager for the National Road Safety Commission [NRSC] Linda Afotey Annan has disclosed a rather damning statistics placing the region on the high side in road accident in 2017.
According to Madam Afotey Annan, provisional statistics indicates that road accident in the region is on the ascendancy and blamed it largely on indiscipline on the road by motorists.
She explained that the high number of vehicles plying the roads each day also accounts significantly to road accidents.
Madam Afotey Annan said this in an interview with Mary Ama Bawa on the Atlantic Wave on ATL FM.
“For the central region alone, in 2017, about 193 people lost their lives as against that of 2016 which was136, the difference is about 67. Which means in 2017, there was an increase in the number of people who died. In the same way, the persons who were injured were 1,545 as against 1,149 in 2017 and the difference is about 396. When we look at the statistics like this, it is very alarming.” Madam Afotey disclosed.
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She described the high level of road carnage as worrying and called for intensified education and sensitization on road safety. She said her outfit will continue to prioritize road safety education but can be successful if other stakeholders join to achieve their goals.
“We see a whole lot of wrongful over-taking on our roads, we see recklessness, and these are the issues that are increasing the fatalities and the injuries on our road. It is about time that all of us agree with the National Road Safety Commission that road safety is everybody’s responsibility.” She noted.
She further called on the government to consider granting the Commission, the mandate to enforce road safety laws.
Source : Kojo Dei / ATL FM News