The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has revealed that the Northern Region recorded the highest cases of road carnage for the first quarter of 2015.
According to Records between January and September, the region recorded 192 road traffic crashes which involved 141 vehicles. This resulted in the death of 82 people, whiles 341 were severely injured.
Northern Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Alexander Ayatar, said in 2014, the region recorded 154 road traffic crashes. According to him, 250 vehicles were involved and that 88 people died in Tamale, Bole, Sawla, Savelugu, Yendi and Walewale.
He raised alarm over the increase in the use of tricycles (Motor King) as commercial vehicles for carrying passengers.
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Alex Ayatar also revealed that the ‘Motor King’ transportation system had increased school dropouts in the region. He attributed the lackadaisical enforcement of road traffic bye-laws in the region to chieftaincy, political and religious interference.
Meanwhile, Deputy Northern Regional Minister bemoaned drunk driving; he called on commercial vehicle owners to engage the services of professional drivers.
He further encouraged commercial vehicle owners to ensure routine vehicular maintenance, and appealed to motorists and the general public to exercise maximum care on the roads during the Christmas festive season.