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Road accidents killing more Ghanaians than ritual murderers

Ghana News Update
Issue #44 • View online
Dear GhanaWeb reader,
You should be more scared of being killed by a road accident in Ghana than by ritual murderers. 2560 accident cases were recorded from January to February 2021 alone and out of that, 1,581 involved commercial vehicles while 974 involved motorcycles across the country.
According to statistics provided by the Motor Traffic & Transport Department of the Ghana Police Service, 517 deaths have been recorded between January and February this year. The rate is alarming and GhanaWeb is playing a role in sensitizing people to take all the precautionary measures as drivers or pedestrians on Ghana’s roads.
The year-long campaign dubbed #GhanaWebRoadSafety began on March 1, 2021, and it will focus on three key areas: indiscipline on roads; bad roads and potholes that contribute to road accidents; and the absence of streetlights. It is being executed in partnership with major stakeholders including the Ghana Road Safety Commission, the Motor Transport and Traffic Directorate of the Ghana Police Service, Ghana Highway Authority, the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority.
Below is the regional breakdown of accident-related deaths from January to February 2021:
  • Ashanti region – 108
  • Easter Region – 91
  • Greater Accra Region – 89
  • Savannah Region – 33
  • Western Region – 30
  • Central Region – 29
  • Bono East Region – 27
  • Upper East Region - 26
  • Volta Region – 17
  • Bono Region – 15
  • Western North Region – 13
  • Ahafo Region – 10
  • Northern Region – 10
  • Upper West Region – 9
  • Oti Region – 8
  • North East – 2
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