Commercial drivers in the central region are the leading cause of road accidents in the region, the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) said.
The NRSA said the region recorded 571 traffic accidents, mostly caused by commercial vehicles between January and October of this year, up from 530 during the same period in 2020, an increase of 7.7%.
However, the number of people who died from accidents fell to 193 from 208, which is a decrease of 7.3%.
Ms Linda Affotey-Annang, regional director of the NRSA, revealed it to the Ghanaian news agency in Cape Coast on Friday.
She expressed concern that despite relentless campaigns against unruly traffic in the region, traffic accidents have increased from 768 compared to last year to 826, which is an increase of 7, 8 percent.
Although the number of vehicles involved in accidents increased from 1,245 to 1,234, the number of private vehicles increased from 411 to 430.
When the pedestrians rolled over, the figure rose from 174 to 205, of which 66 were killed while 139 were injured to varying degrees, a phenomenon she described as “unacceptable” by saying that the pedestrians were users. vulnerable road that needed to be protected.
Among others, Ms. Afotey-Annan mentioned speeding, drug use, tired driving, unjustified overtaking, inexperienced drivers behind the wheel and general non-compliance with road regulations among the main causes of road accidents. the road.
She also identified distracted or distracted driving as a factor requiring special attention.
“They usually have headphones on, while others change music intermittently or watch the sights and scenes along the road, etc.
Such activities usually result in loss of control of the vehicle, causing accidents in most cases, ”she noted.
To reduce the rate of road accidents and their debilitating effects as Christmas approaches, Ms Afotey-Annan advised drivers to strictly obey road signs and regulations in order to “keep them alive for themselves. themselves and their families “.
She asked passengers to speak out when drivers or other road users do not obey road safety rules and called on pedestrians to use traffic signs and walkways, when available, to cross roads safely.
Taking stock of this year’s activities, Ms. Affottey-Annang said that despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Authority of the region has undertaken a series of road safety education campaigns in accident-prone areas and in communities.
In the future, she said, the NRSA would deploy staff in collaboration with stakeholders such as DVLA, MTTD police and GPRTU, among others to ensure compliance with road safety rules and change of traffic. behavior, especially among drivers.
“Everyone must play their respective role to reduce road accidents because road safety is a shared responsibility,” she said.