Thirty two people in the Upper West (U/W) Region have died as a result of road accidents in the first five months of 2018 as compared to twenty seven within the same period in 2017.
This represents an 18.5% increase.
The number of fatal cases also shot up from twenty-three last year to thirty this year while the number of serious cases reduced from twenty-one to fifteen.
The total number of persons injured also reduced from one-hundred-and-five between January and May 2017 to ninety-nine within the same period this year.
This was disclosed by the Upper West Regional Road Safety Officer, Mohammed Abdul-Samad during a news briefing held at Wa.
He said a number of the accidents could have been avoided if motorists and pedestrians had paid attention to road safety practices.
Mr. Abdul-Samad also mentioned stress and fatigue as some of the major causes of accidents in the region.
The Regional Road Safety Officer, however, bemoaned the attitude of some health service personnel towards accidents victims saying per the laws of the country, every individual is entitled to twenty-four hours of free medical care during which the patient must be stabilized and made comfortable.
He therefore called on the health workers to first treat the accidents victims before asking for items like the NHIS card.
Mr. Abdul-Samad said his outfit is collaborating with the Urban Roads Department to fix the potholes on all the major roads and cut trees that block the vision of drivers all in an effort of bringing down road accidents in the region.