- 336 people lost their lives in road accidents in the first two months of 2018
- According to the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), a total of 2,095 road crashes were recorded in January and February alone
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has disclosed that over 300 persons died as a result of road accidents in the first two months of 2018.
The Commission said a total of 2,095 road crashes and 336 deaths were recorded in January and February alone for this year.
This represents a significant rise from the same period in 2017, where far lesser road accident cases were recorded.
Speaking to Accra-based City FM at the official launch of the 2018 Easter Road Safety Campaign, the Chief Executive of the NRSC, Ing. May Obri-Yeboah, outlined some of the factors that led to these accidents.
According to her, over-speeding was a major cause of the high number of road accidents recoded in the country in the last two months.
She further cited the absence of street lights on most highways as another major contributing factor to these accidents.
“If you look at most of the cases that happened, you can see that normally the road is clear and it’s a straight route so that gives us an idea of speeding,” the NRSC Executive Director said.
“Speeding has been a major contributory factor to it. In a few cases we’ve had vehicles run into stationary vehicles and wrongful overtaking A few also have been in the night, there have been cases like that where bad roads have contributed but most of it has been over-speeding.”
Mrs. Obiri-Yeboah added: “We have an issue with street lights, we are trying to take some inventory to see what is happening, but it shows clearly most of our roads are dark. Where there are even lampposts, the lights are not on.”
In January this year several separate road accidents were recorded across all the regions in the country.
Nine persons were reported dead and 20 others seriously injured during an accident at Teacher Mante, near Nsawam in the Eastern Region.
Also, three persons died on the spot when a Yutong bus on which they were travelling from Kumasi to Accra, crashed into a Man diesel trailer truck at Asuboi near Suhum on the Accra Kumasi Highway.
The most high-profile case was the accident involving dancehall sensation Ebony Reigns, who lost her life after a gory car accident whiles returning from a visit to her mother in Sunyani.
The singer died together with two other persons on board the vehicle, with the driver being the only survivor after the said incident.
In February, 14 persons, including five children, also died in an accident at Anyinam in the Atewa District of the Eastern Region.
Many more road accidents were recorded in the first two months of the year, a situation the NRSC described as “unacceptable” following the rise in motor accidents and deaths.
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