A total of 211 lives were lost in road accidents in 2021 in the central region, indicating a 12.8% reduction from 242 cases in 2020.
During the period under review, 1,442 people were injured compared to 1,511 in 2020, a decrease of 4.6%.
However, road accidents increased by 3.3% last year with a total of 1,010 against 978 in 2020.
Ms. Linda Afortey-Annang, Regional Officer of the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), told the Ghana News Agency that commercial vehicles had the highest number of accidents, followed by private individuals and motorcycles.
She attributed the threat of road accidents to speeding, drug use, tired driving, unwarranted overtaking, inexperienced drivers behind the wheel, broken down vehicles and general disregard for regulations road, among others.
She called on vehicle owners and stakeholders to work together to ensure roads do not become death traps.
She commended the contributions of stakeholders in preventing road accidents, especially on the Winneba, Buduburam, Winneba junction-Mankessim and Cape Coast highways, among others.
Ms Afortey-Annang pledged the Authority’s commitment to supporting public education to reduce road carnage 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 advised drivers to be careful on the road and to stop engaging in mobile phone conversation or chatting on WhatsApp while driving.
She instructed pedestrians to give drivers enough guidance about their intentions to cross the road, to avoid unnecessary obstructions and interference, and to stay focused when crossing the road.
They should not use a phone when crossing the road and cross at designated pedestrian crossings, overpasses, near intersections, junctions and roundabouts.