Story: Samuel Duodu, Sunyani
THE Brong-Ahafo Region recorded a total of 600 road traffic accidents in 2006, which claimed 174 lives with 622 people sustaining various degrees of injury, compared with 527 accidents in 2007 in which 155 people lost their lives, while 511 were injured.
This shows a decrease of 12.2 per cent in the number of road accidents recorded in 2007 as against the 2006 figure. The casualty figures also reduced by 11 per cent.
Seven hundred and thirty vehicles were involved in the accidents recorded in 2006 as compared to the 2007 figure of 631 vehicles, representing a decrease of 13.7 per cent.
The Regional Co-ordinator of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), Mr Daniel Wuaku, made the statistics available to the Daily Graphic in Sunyani.
He stated that 378 out of the 563 traffic offences reported in the region last year, were sent to the courts with 271 of the offenders being convicted.
Mr Wuaku said that this year, the NRSC would intensify its road user education programme.
He added that joint enforcement operations involving personnel from the Regional and District Road Safety Committees, the various transport unions, the police, the District/Municipal Assemblies and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) would soon begin in the region.
Mr Wuaku warned that the law would stop at nothing to deal with culprits who would flout road traffic rules and regulations.
He said one area that would be given a special attention of the enforcement operation was a crackdown on drivers who left break-down vehicles on the roads without adequate warning.
Mr Wuaku further stated that despite the gains made last year, every single road user’s life was precious and must be protected.
The NRCS, he said, continued to work closely with all stakeholders to improve upon the road safety situation in the region, which was geared towards the achievement of the broader national vision to make Ghana’s transport system the safest in Africa.