The central region has seen a sharp drop in the number of traffic fatalities, largely due to an enhanced safety education campaign combined with strict law enforcement.
The region recorded 43 deaths in the third quarter of the year, down from the total of 46 in the same period last year, representing a reduction of 6.5%.
Ms Linda Affotey-Annang, Acting Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), who made the figures available to the Ghana News Agency in Cape Coast, however said that the total number of reported cases rose from 222 to 253, while vehicles involved rose from 336 to 588, with the number of injuries also falling from 406 to 529.
The Commission, she noted, was now focusing on the need to draw the attention of passengers and pedestrians to road traffic regulations, empower them to express themselves and control their movements.
He has implemented road safety education programs in public places such as markets, schools and churches to create the necessary awareness to help protect travelers and pedestrians.
She attributed the crashes to a myriad of factors including; driver fatigue, speeding, cell phone use while driving, lack of maintenance and lax traffic enforcement.
The Commission, together with the police and other stakeholders, will continue to work with renewed energy and zeal to make the roads safe for all.
In this regard, his team and other stakeholders have deployed visibility personnel to strategic areas in the region to ensure road safety, control crime and maintain law and order.
They will help all road users – motorists, travelers and pedestrians to obey the rules of the road.
She reminded drivers to put safety first and avoid anything that could lead to death and injury.
Ms Affotey-Annang called on the media to step up public education on wearing seat belts to ensure safety, adding that with the onset of the rainy season, drivers must slow down and critically observe the traffic rules to minimize road accidents.