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09 July 2017

Drop in Volta Region road accident deaths in second quarter

Road crashes related fatalities in the Volta Region have been halved in the second quarter of 2017.

The Assistant Planning Officer at the Regional Office of the National Road Safety Commission, Ms Joan Fafa Ayer,  told journalists that the decline was as a result of extensive public education on road safety.

A total of 26 fatalities were recorded from April to June, representing a decline of 53.57 percent when compared to figures from the same period last year.

Injured persons had also reduced from 191 to 116, representing a decline of 39.27 percent while pedestrian knockdowns fell by 13 percent from 47 to 34 per cent.

The number of vehicles involved in accidents, however, increased from 220 to 257 percent, an increment of 16.82 per cent, and motorbikes also recorded an increment of 32.79 percent from 61 to 81 per cent.

The number of reported cases declined from 156 to 145 percent, a drop by 7.05 per cent.

Ms Ayer said an attitudinal change on the part of commercial motorbike riders remained a major concern and appealed to them to obey traffic regulations and safety rules.

She cautioned drivers to take necessary precautions, especially when driving at night and advised against speeding through rainstorms.

Source: GNA

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