According to statistics from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana has recorded a 15.06% reduction in road accidents for the first quarter of 2023, compared to the same period in 2022. The statistics showed that a total of 3,340 road accidents were recorded between January to March 2023.
The Greater Accra Region, which is the country’s capital, recorded the highest number of road accidents at 1,243 cases. However, this is a reduction from the previous year’s figure. The Oti Region, on the other hand, recorded the least number of road accidents with only 15 cases reported.
The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) described the reduction in the number of road accidents as a promising outlook for the country. The NRSA has attributed the reduction to various road safety initiatives it has implemented, including public education and awareness campaigns on road safety.
In addition, the NRSA has indicated that it will deploy various technologies to further reduce road accidents. The Authority has highlighted the importance of improving road infrastructure and ensuring that vehicles on the roads are in good condition to reduce the risk of accidents.
Furthermore, the NRSA has urged drivers to adhere to traffic rules and regulations to prevent road accidents. The Authority has emphasized the need for drivers to be cautious on the roads, especially during the rainy season, as the weather conditions can affect visibility and road conditions.
Despite the reduction in road accidents, the statistics also showed that 544 people have lost their lives in various road accidents across the country since the beginning of the year. This is a worrying trend, and the NRSA has called for concerted efforts to ensure that the number of road accidents continues to decrease.
In conclusion, the reduction in the number of road accidents in Ghana is a positive development. However, more work needs to be done to ensure that the country’s roads are safe for all road users. The NRSA has urged all stakeholders to collaborate and work towards reducing road accidents in the country.