UWR records 42 deaths through road accidents

accidentThe Upper West Region recorded a total of 42 deaths through road crashes from January to June, 2013.

The figure indicates a 16 per cent reduction of road crashes  during the period as compared to the 50 deaths recorded last year.

Mr Mohammed Abdul-Samad, Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC)  made this known at the 2013 mid-year review conference of the Commission in Kumasi.

He said the number of reported accident cases increased from 100 in 2012 to 121 cases in 2013, while the total number of fatalities decreased from 46  in 2012 to 38 in 2013.

Mr Abdul-Samad noted that the vehicles involved in the road crashes  increased from 147 in 2012 to 178 in 2013 while the serious cases increased from 34 last year to 35 this year.

The total number of minor cases jumped from 20 cases in 2012 to 48 cases in 2013 with 141 people sustaining various degree of injuries in 2012 and 166 this year.

Mr Abdul-Samad  said the NRSC would continue to intensify road safety education and ensure effective collaboration among  stakeholders to bring road crashes under control.

Source: GNA

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