2,000 Die From Road Accidents

Road Accidents

Road Accidents

Six persons on the average die every day in Ghana while 2,000 die each year as a result of road crashes in the country.

According to a report by the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), the rampant crashes have also left several thousands of Ghanaians injured and permanently incapacitated.

Speaking to  DAILY GUIDE  during a media briefing in Sunyani on Monday, the Brong-Ahafo Regional Manager of the NRSC, Mensah Abrampah Agyabeng, disclosed that Ghana lost about $419m in 2009 a result of the road accidents, representing 1.6 percent of Gross Domestic Product (GDP).

Mr. Agyabeng mentioned that 60 percent of the victims of road crashes are aged between 15 and 55, with pedestrians and passengers being the most vulnerable road users in the country.

They account for almost 67 percent of deaths related to road crashes.

The briefing was aimed at sensitizing the press about this year’s Road Safety Awareness Week (RSAW) slated from November 17 to November 23 under the theme, ‘Empowering the Passenger and Pedestrian to Demand Road Safety.’

The week-long event seeks to increase awareness of road safety issues in Ghana, increase media engagement to discuss road safety issues and raise pedestrian and passenger safety profile.

The NRSC manager stated that this year’s RSAW would look at vulnerability of the passenger and pedestrian and what policy makers and implementers, drivers, transport operators and pedestrians themselves can do to help minimize their vulnerability to road crashes especially between November and December.

The Commission will hold road safety quiz today, national public transport day on Wednesday and Universal Children’s Day on Thursday.

There would be an event in the mosque on Friday followed by a road safety walk on Saturday.

A Thanksgiving Service would be held in church on Sunday to climax the week-long activities.

FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
Email:  fredttet@yahoo.com

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