Upper West records marginal increase in accident deaths

Accident in Kambali

The total number of persons
killed in various car accidents in the Upper West Region have increased
marginally from 57 deaths in 2018 to 58 in 2019.

Out of the 57 deaths recorded in 2018, 48 were
males and five females, while the 58 deaths recorded in 2019 comprised 39 males
and 12 females.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP), Mr
Francis Aboagye Nyarko, the Upper West Regional Police Commander told the GNA
in an interview in Wa on Friday.
According to him, the records included persons
below 18 years of age, which increased from four to seven deaths respectively.
The statistics from the regional office of the
Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service also
indicated that the total number of persons injured increased from 182 in 2018
to a total of 287 in 2019.

The Regional MTTD/Wa recorded the highest
number of 34 and 28 deaths in 2018 and 2019 respectively whilst Nadowli District
and Lawra Municipality contributed seven and 10 deaths to the records in the
respective years.

For pedestrian knockdowns, 2018 recorded 15
knockdown cases out of which seven were killed and eight persons injured, while
2019 recorded an increase of 17 knockdown cases of which eight were killed and
nine injured.
Meanwhile, total number of cases reported
increased from 123 cases in 2018 to 154 cases in 2019, while total number of
vehicles involved also recorded an increase from 197 vehicles to 229 vehicles

However, fatal cases reported decreased from
54 in 2018 to 43 in 2019 whilst total number of serious cases shot up from 43
cases to 80 cases respectively.

Minor cases equally saw a rise from 26 to 31
cases in the respective years.
In 2018, out of the 197 vehicles involved in
various accidents, 53 of them were commercial, 47 private and 97 motor bikes,
whilst in 2019, 44 were commercial, 61 private and 124 motor bikes.

While all the nine police Districts recorded
cases of accidents in 2018, three of them namely; Tumu, Funsi and Wechiau
Districts all recorded zero cases in 2019 according to the statistics.
Narrow roads, non-compliance with road traffic
regulations and speeding are some of the reasons contributing to accidents in
the region according to the MTTD.
Deputy Commissioner of Police (DCOP) Mr
Francis Aboagye Nyarko advised drivers and vehicle owners to ensure proper
maintenance of their cars to avoid needless accidents to protect human life.
He cautioned drivers against drunk driving,
noting that the practice put human life in danger and should not be entertained
by drivers.
DCOP Nyarko said the police administration
would strengthen the MTTD with both logistics and human resource to carry out
its mandate of ensuring sanity on the roads.


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