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According to the National Road Safety Commission, there are 19 fatalities per 10,000 vehicles in Ghana, and it is working to reduce the rate to single digit by the year 2015, the Executive Director, Noble Appiah was quoted by the GNA as saying.
An earlier statistics said more than 1,600 people are killed annually through road traffic accidents.
According to Mr Kwaku Oware-Boateng, Ashanti Regional Manager of the Road Safety Committee, 43% of the fatalities involved pedestrians with about 23% representing children below the age of 16 years.
Mr Oware-Boateng, attributed 60% of car crashes in the country to speeding, saying the Ashanti Region was among the top five that accounted for more than 70% of the fatalities in the country.
In the Upper East Region for instance majority of the road accidents in the area were motorbike accidents.
The Regional Manager of the Road Safety Commission, Mr. Alex Ayarta said 2008 recorded 59 deaths in the region and this was reduced to 34 in 2009 and 13 in the first three months of 2010, the GNA reports.
In February 2009, the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) reported that road accidents, apart from claiming human lives and leaving others injured, cost the nation $165 million, representing 1.6 per cent of the nation’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP), every year.
It added that the cost ranged from medical cost, property damaged, human cost, administrative cost and lost output.
By Emmanuel K. Dogbevi