Ghana records 696 deaths in road accidents in 2019 first quarter

Ghana records 696 deaths in road accidents in 2019 first quarter

- Deaths on Ghana's roads increase from 592 in the first quarter of 2018 to 696 in the same period of 2019

- The number of males killed amounted to 506, comprising 62 males below 18 years and 444 males above 18 years

Six hundred and ninety-six (696) persons were killed through road accidents in Ghana in the first quarter of 2019.

This is according to data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service.

The number represents a 7.57% increase in figures recorded for the first quarter of 2018, which saw 592 commuters and pedestrians killed through road accidents.

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Per the date, 506 males were killed within the period, 62 of whom were below 18 years and 444 were above 18 years.

Similarly, the number of females killed was 190, made up of 55 females below 18 years and 135 above 18 years.

In the regional breakdown, the Ashanti and Bono Ahafo regions recorded the highest road accident casualties.

The breakdown is as follows: Accra – 69, Tema – 38, Eastern – 108, Central – 45, Western – 38, Ashanti – 113, Volta – 34, Northern – 59, Upper West – 19, Upper East – 28, and Bono Ahafo – 145.

The data also shows that the number of pedestrians killed rose from 198 in the first quarter of last year to 207 during the same period this year.

Meanwhile, pedestrian knockdowns reduced from 792 in the first quarter of last year to 784 in the same period this year.

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Motorcycle road traffic accidents also surged from 956 in the first quarter of 2018 to 1,069 during the same period in 2019.

The data adds that 169 persons were killed through motorcycle accidents, while 718 commuters got injured in first quarter of 2019.

Also, a total of 2,387 private vehicles were involved in accidents in the first quarter of this year, an increase of 7.81% compared to the involvement of 2,214 private vehicles in the first quarter of last year.

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Source: Yen Newspaper

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