Road accidents: Over 1,400 people dead in 9 months

Road accidents: Over 1,400 people dead in 9 months

Ghana, between January and September 2019, has recorded a total of 1480 deaths resulting from road traffic accidents.

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This means that on the average, six people lost their lives through road traffic accidents on a daily bases

According to data from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service 10197 people got injured in 2019 through road accidents involving 7138 vehicles.

The figures recorded in 2019 were about 300 persons different from 2018's figures around the same time when 1710 people died in 10051 crashes involving 7138 vehicles.

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According to the National Road Safety Commission's data, the ages of the recorded casualties of road accidents ranged between 18 and 45 years.

Staff Officer to the Director-General of the MTTD, Ghana Police Service, Supt. Dr Sasu Mensah, Mensah said checks conducted on a number of vehicles between December, 2017 and April, 2018 recorded various offences.

He, however, commended Citi FM for their campaign on road safety, resulting in the arrest and prosecution of road traffic offenders.

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In other news, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has rewarded the soldier who showed support for him by joining the social media craze in 2016, with enlistment into the Ghana Military Academy, to become a commissioned officer of the Ghana Armed Forces (GAF).

Corporal Osei Owusu, who is now Lieutenant Osei Owusu, was part of the 132 military officers, who graduated and were commissioned to become officers.

Ghanaians criticised the GAF for not punishing him when he joined the social media craze in the build-up to the 2016 elections but instead punished another for commenting on a matter of national importance in public.

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