Ghana has a serious problem with road fatalities, which seems to increase as the years goes by.
Data from Statista 2021 suggests that from January to October 2020, there were nearly 12,096 road traffic accidents in Ghana which involved over 20,400 vehicles. Furthermore, these crashes led to 2,080 mortalities with an estimated injuries amounting to 12,380.
According to the source, in 2016, more males than females were involved in road crashes. The source further indicated that buses and mini busses were the leading vehicles involved in accidents of this nature, after cars. Road accidents in Ghana remain a major public safety issue with the major causes steming from over speeding, drunken driving, distractions to the driver, red light jumping, avoiding safety gears like seat belts and Helmets and non-adherence to lane driving and overtaking in a wrong manner.
Traffic accidents can cause physical, financial and mental effects for everyone involved. Drivers and passengers can suffer from minor cuts and bruises to broken limb, back and spinal injuries, paralysis and even death.
However preventing accidents is easy when you know what to do, below are some measures to take for your safety on our roads;
1. Develop the right attitude about driving. ...
2. Get as much supervised practice driving as possible.
3. Always wear your safety belt.
4. Underage drinking and drug use is illegal.
5. Limit your night driving.
6. Keep it slow and safe.
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