The Central Regional Commander of the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) of the Police Service, Superintendent Paul Aduhene on Tuesday announced that the Region last year recorded 1,120 road crash cases, as against 1,090 cases in the previous year, which represents an increase of 30 cases.

Out of the total, 809 were commercial vehicles with 498 being private vehicles and 104 motor bikes, resulting in 134 fatal cases, 319 serious injuries, and 667 minor injuries.

Supt. Aduhene made this known at a stakeholders meeting organized by the Central Regional branch of the National Road Safety Commission( NRSC) to review and discuss the way forward in road safety issues, especially during this year’s elections, to help prevent road accidents.

He said a total of 257 pedestrians were knocked down by vehicles during the period under review.

Supt. Aduhene attributed the causes of the accidents to wrongly marked roads and cited the Mankessim-Accra high way as an example of wrong markings, as some of the markings rather indicated the opposite of what it should be.

He also mentioned drunk driving and passenger failure to report bad driving habits as other causes of road accidents, stressing that “if passengers decided to play ignorant about faulty cars and bad driving habits and also partner with drivers when they were committing crime, it becomes difficult to enforce the law”.

The MTTU commander also expressed concern about both improper and lack of fixed signs at particular portions of some roads, and called on the Department of Urban Roads to help address the situation to avoid accidents.

Supt. Aduhene said as part of preventive measures to curb improper road usage and accidents, his outfit was going to increase the number of snap check points so as to increase police presence on the roads and called on all authorities as well as individuals to cooperate with the Unit to ensure the success of its activities. GNA

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