- Two supporters of the opposition NDC have died in a car crash
- These supporters were part of 150 supporters enroute Banda in the Bono region
- Cases of road accidents have spiked during the campaign season
About 150 staunch supporters of the main opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) were involved in a road crash enroute to a political campaign rally at Banda in the Bono Region.
Authorities have confirmed the death of two persons so far. Fifty other supporters at the hospital received treatment for varied stages of injury. It all happened when the truck they were boarded somersaulted in the process of a heavy vehicular movement.
Sources close to the Mahama campaign reveals plans of visiting the injured as well as families of the deceased to commiserate with them. Busing of party supporters has been a norm in the 2020 general elections.
As stakes remain high for John Mahama and President Akufo Addo, both contenders are leaving nothing to chance even if it means pulling huge crowds. Transport analysts are concerned about the state of rural roads and their exposure to accidents during the election season.
Car accidents have been on the rise in 2020, the National Roads and Safety Commission, has revealed. With the campaign season heating up, there are concerns for the safety of both presidential candidates and their supporters - considering the reckless driving that comes with campaigning.
The World Health Organization estimates that 1.35 million people die as a result of road traffic crashes. Motorcycles as a means of transport are increasingly becoming the preferred and easiest means of transportation for most people in developing countries despite the associated risk.
Road transport is the dominant mode of transport in Ghana. It accounts for more than 80% of passenger traﬃc and over 70% of freight traﬃc in the country.
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Increased economic activities and investments in road transport in-restructures have resulted in increased usage of motorcycles, more especially in the urban centers where it is used for commercial purposes though their operations are illegal.
Yet increased use of motorcycles has been accompanied by an unprecedented increase in road traﬃc crashes. In Ghana and some other developing countries, motorcycles as a means of transport is increasingly becoming the preferred and easiest means of transport for most people despite the associated risk, an average of 3,242 people lose their lives due to road traﬃc injury (RTI) every day.
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