Motorbike accident deaths increased from 200 to 400 in 2017

Motorbike accident deaths increased from 200 to 400 in 2017

- The NRSC says there has been a 100% rise in the number of deaths which occurred from motorbike accidents

- According to a data released by the Commission, commercial motor riders (okada riders) consisted of about 25% of the total incidents recorded within the period

The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has revealed that deaths recorded through motorbike accidents rose by 100% in 2017.

Data from the commission indicates that motor riders who died in accidents increased from 200 cases in 2010 to 400 incidents in 2017.

25 per cent of those who died in accidents were commercial motor riders, known locally as okada riders.

Motorbike accident deaths increased from 200 to 400 in 2017

'Okada' is a slant for motor cycle in Ghana. Source:
Source: UGC

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Reacting to the commission’s data, Deputy Minister of Transport, Daniel Nii Kwartei Titus-Glover lamented the situation.

He urged the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to take a strong action against riding at night.

According to him, there should be a legislation to ban the riding of motorcycles after 9pm.

He said introducing such a ban is also necessary for the fight against crime in the country.

I am urging the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to consider placing a ban on the riding of motorcycles by 9 pm in the country,” he said.

The statistics showed that the age profile of these riders are between 18-37 and 70% of them are males, losing these lives will affect the productivity of the country,” he added.

Mr. Glover, however, assured that the Transport ministry is still taking steps to reduce motor accidents.

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Meanwhile, 108 motorbike accidents have been recorded from January-February 2019, the Director in charge of Planning and Programming at the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Ing. David Osafo Adonteng, revealed.

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