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Road Crashes: 232 deaths and 1,237 injuries recorded in January 2022 – MTTD


Feb 23, 2022 ,

In January 2022, 232 people died in car accidents, compared to 244 in January the previous year, marking a 4.92 percent decline in mortality over the same time.

There were 179 males and 53 females killed, with 34 under the age of 18 and 198 over the age of 18.

The Ashanti area had 44 deaths, making it the region with the most, followed by the Greater Accra Region, which had 31 deaths.

There were 25 deaths in both the Eastern and Western North Regions.

The remaining regions had fewer than 20 deaths, with the Northeast region having no deaths at all.

In total, 1,237 road crash injuries were recorded in January 2022, compared to 1,393 in January of the previous year.

This figure shows a drop of more than 11% in the number of people injured in car accidents.

In January 2022, there were 1,271 road crashes, up 3.84 percent from 1,224 in January 2021.

The Greater Accra Region had the most road crashes (463), followed by the Ashanti Region (298).

There were 115 crashes in the Eastern Region.

The remaining regions had fewer than 90 crashes, with Oti and the North East region having the lowest number of crashes at six.

Commercial vehicles were involved in 707 of the crashes documented in January 2022, compared to 747 of the crashes recorded in January 2021, suggesting a 5.35 percent reduction.

In January 2022, 972 road crashes involving private vehicles were registered, whereas in January 2021, 837 private vehicles were engaged in crashes, reflecting a 16.13 percent increase in road crashes involving private vehicles.

Mr. David Osafo Adonteng, Director in Charge of Planning and Programming at the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), said a lot of effort went towards lowering crashes, especially from the end of 2021 to the beginning of this year, in an interview with the Ghana News Agency on Thursday.

Mr. Adonteng ascribed the drop in numbers to the “remain alive” campaign, called “Gyai obonsam edwuma no” by Mr. Adonteng.

He explained that the goal of the campaign was to bring Ghanaians together to advocate for changes in road user behavior as well as to alleviate anxiety among policymakers, developers, and implementers.

Mr. Adonteng voiced concern about the growing number of motorcycle riders on the road, adding, “Motorcycle and tricycle users account for almost 42 percent of the deaths recorded in road crashes.”

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