Friday, October 22, 2010


From Samuel Duodu, Sunyani.

Forty-five out of 125 people lost their lives through road accidents in the Brong Ahafo Region from September this year to date.
There were also 156 vehicles involved in the accidents recorded within the period with a total of 31 fatal cases while 150 people sustained various degrees of injury.
The Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander of the Motor Traffic Transport Unit (MTTU), Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP) Mr Paul Wesley Baah, disclosed this in an interview with The Mirror in Sunyani.
He stated that in view of the alarming situation, the unit in collaboration with the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) and the Driver Vehicle License Authority (DVLA) has stepped up the road safety campaign in the region to ensure an accident free situation or a reduction of such fatalities to the barest minimum between now and Christmas.
The Regional MTTU Commander attributed the increase in road accidents in the region to speeding and driver fatigue.
Consequently, Mr Baah said the unit had embarked on an exercise to check speeding, tyres, fire extinguishers, advance triangles and driving licenses as measures to curb road accidents in the region.
ASP Baah said because of the bad weather condition being experienced now, especially in the night and early morning, there was the need for drivers to check their wipers and make sure that they had advance triangles in their vehicles so that anytime there was a breakdown of their vehicles they placed one 50 metres in front of the vehicle and another 50 metres behind it.
The MTTU Regional Commander appealed to motorists to be cautious on the roads and desist from speeding since it had been the major cause of road accidents in the region.
Mr Baah mentioned the accident-prone areas in the region as Techiman-Kintampo–Kadelso roads and the Sunyani-Duayaw Nkwanta-Bechem roads.

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