Despite a sustained national campaign to reduce road fatalities, the Center Region recorded an increase in road accidents from 504 in 2021 to 529 in 2022 between January and July.
The figure represents a five percent increase.
In addition, the number of people killed in road accidents increased slightly from 99 to 104, but the number of injuries, however, decreased from 716 to 708 in the same year.
Mrs. Linda Affotey-Annang, Regional Officer of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), revealed this to the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast.
Faced with the increase in road accidents, commercial vehicles recorded a drop in the number of accidents, however, accidents involving private vehicles and motorcycles increased.
“Road accidents involving private vehicles fell from 250 to 319, while motorbikes also fell from 153 to 182, but commercial vehicles fell from 342 to 325.
“The number of pedestrians knocked down also increased significantly from 110 to 123, the number of pedestrians killed also increased from 43 to 46 and the number of pedestrians injured increased from 67 to 77,” she said.
Ms Affotey-Annang attributed the threat to high speed, distracted driving, tired driving, mistaken overtaking and inexperienced drivers behind the wheel.
Nonetheless, Ms. Affotey-Annang praised the contributions of stakeholders in preventing road accidents, especially on the Winneba, Buduburam, Winneba Junction-Mankessim and Cape Coast-Komenda highways, among others.
Going forward, Ms Afottey-Annang encouraged drivers to strictly adhere to all directional signs provided to keep everyone safe, saying: “Drivers should be careful on the road and stop engaging in phone conversations. phone or chatting on WhatsApp while driving”.
For pedestrians, she warned all to give drivers enough indication of their intention to cross the road, to avoid obstructions and unnecessary interference and to stay focused when crossing the road.
Additionally, phone use while crossing the road at designated pedestrian crossings, overpasses, near intersections, junctions and roundabouts should be avoided.
She pledged the Authority’s continued commitment to supporting public education to reduce road carnage in the coming months with the slogan “Stop the Devil’s Work”.
This decision was part of the “Stay Alive” campaign which aims to work closely with all stakeholders, including the media, to raise public awareness of road safety.
She also mentioned that the Authority will help reduce road safety threats to all road users as part of its mandate to ensure safety.