BY PHILIP ANTOH | firstname.lastname@example.org
GHANA HAS for the past 18 years lost 36, 253 people to road accidents, making it one of the leading causes of deaths in the country.
The worrying statistics were recorded between 2000 and 2018 by the Ghana Police Service, the National Road Safety Commission and other agencies responsible for road safety issues.
Out of the figure, vehicle collides exceeded one million cases and pedestrian knockdowns were 8000, with over 52,000 serious injuries being recorded.
Data available to the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service revealed that more males died in road accidents, while women and children remained more vulnerable, with a chunk of the deaths involving 18 to 50 years old.
The MTTD revealed that the accident figures were the ones reported in the media. What this meant was that there could many unreported cases.
The death rate for 2000 to 2003 ranged from 1,578 to 1,718. The figures jumped in 2004 to 2,185 and slightly decreased in 2005 to 2006 from 1,779 to 1856 respectively. Between 2007 and 2009, the death rate rose from 2,024 to 2,237.
The figures went down again in 2010 to 1,760 but jumped to 2,330 in 2011, 2,249 in 2012 and 2,096 in 2013 and again decreased to 1,700 in 2014 and1,634 in 2015.
In 2016 and 2017, the death rates jumped to 2,198 and 2,076 respectively.
Available figures in the first half of 2018, that is, from January to June, show that at least 1,212 people have already died of road accidents.
Causes of road accidents
The MTTD attributed the causes of the deadly road accidents to poor driving skills, drivers talking on mobile phones while driving, gross indiscipline, breakdown vehicles on our roads, and use of secondhand tyres among other things.
The Board Chairman of the National Road Safety Commission, Rev. Ismaila Awudu, in an interview with the DAILY HERITAG, said a Road Fund exists but the problem is that most accident victims are not aware that the funds exist.
Rev Ismaila said it was time Ghanaians began to discuss the importance of the fund and take out politics from road issues.