According to preliminary data provided by the Ghana Police Service's (GPS) Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), the number of commuters died in road traffic crashes increased by 16.37 percent in the first nine months of 2021 compared to the same time last year. Between January and September 2020, it climbed from 1,827 to 2,126 in the first nine months of this year.
According to the report, 1,751 males were slain, with 193 under the age of 18 and 1,558 over the age of 18. Similarly, 375 females, including 100 under the age of 18 and 275 over the age of 18, died in car accidents. Pedestrian knockdowns claimed the lives of 607 commuters, accounting for 28.5 percent of all fatalities in the first nine months of this year.
In addition, 1,551 pedestrians were hurt as a result of the collisions. Motorcycles killed 912 commuters, accounting for 42.8 percent of all fatalities, according to the data. Similarly, motorbikes were responsible for 3,553 of the 11,659 injuries, accounting for 30.4 percent of all commuters wounded throughout the nine-month period. According to the report, commercial vehicles killed 725 commuters, accounting for 34.1 percent of all fatalities.
Similarly, commercial vehicles harmed 5,546 people, accounting for 47.5 percent of all injuries. It also found that 489 passengers, or 23% of the total, were killed by private vehicles.
Similarly, 2,560 commuters were hurt by private automobiles, accounting for 21.9 percent of the total. 8,608 (42.5%) of the 20,225 vehicles involved in crashes were private vehicles, 7,093 (35%) were commercial vehicles, and 4,524 (22.3%) were motorbikes. Worryingly, motorbikes killed the most commuters since they have the lowest occupancy rate and transport the fewest passengers.
Ashanti (423), Accra (341), Eastern (357), Tema (151), Central (151), Bono East (95), Western (91), Volta (84), Upper East (77), Savanna (72), Bono (70), Ahafo (56), Western North (54), Northern (46), Upper West (37), Oti (15), and North East (14). (6).
Accra has the most pedestrian knockdowns with 169, followed by Ashanti (130), Eastern (75), Central (60), Tema (43), Western (32), Bono (28), Volta (20), Upper East (16), Western North (10), Northern (7), Ahafo (7), Upper West (5), Bono East (5), and Oti, Savanna, and North East.
Accra (154) is the city with the most motorcycle deaths, followed by Eastern (146), Ashanti (126), Upper East (61), Bono East (61), Tema (54), Volta (48), Central (42), Bono (42), Ahafo (42), Western North (37), Northern (30), Western (29), Upper West (19), Oti (11), Savanna (5), and North East (5). (5).
Accra has the most deaths (122), followed by Ashanti (119), Eastern (69), Tema (47), Central (38), Western (26), Bono East (16), Volta (15), Northern (6), Upper West (6), Upper East (5), Bono (5), Ahafo (5), Western North (5), Savanna (3), Oti (2), and North East (2). (0.)
Ashanti had 178 deaths, Eastern had 142, Central had 71, Accra had 65, Savanna had 64, Tema had 50, Western had 36, Bono had 23, Volta had 21, Bono East had 18, Upper West had 12, Western North had 12, Upper East had 11, Northern had ten, Ahafo had nine, Oti had two, and North East had one (1).
The number of those injured increased by 6.32 percent to 11,659 this year, up from 10,996 the previous year. Meanwhile, the total number of vehicles involved in crashes grew by 14.11 percent from 17,724 last year to 20,225 this year. During the same period, the number of motorbikes that crashed increased by 11.81 percent, from 4,046 in 2020 to 4,524 this year. The total number of private automobiles involved in accidents grew by 21.93 percent from 7,060 last year to 8,608 this year. Similarly, the number of commercial vehicles involved in crashes increased by 7.18 percent from 6,618 last year to 7,095 this year.
In addition, the total number of recorded crashes increased by 12.61 percent to 11,858 this year, up from 10,530 the previous year.
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