Ten thousand fatal traffic incidents occur annually on roads in Ghana, in which 1600 people die and 15 000 are seriously injured.
The transportation network in Ghana remains far from the desired. With only one international airport and few railway lines which are only available in the southern part of the country, the alternatives (air and rail transport) are either very expensive and/or unavailable in most cases. This makes road transport the major mode of commuting in Ghana. Estimates provided by Ghana’s National Road and Safety Commission (NRSC) indicate an estimated 46,284 people killed from road traffic accidents between 1991 and 2018. The figures will be even more frightening when road traffic accidents that occur in remote areas which are never recorded due to poor reporting system, as typical in most developing countries are included.
36,560 people were killed in traffic crashes in 2018, a 2.4% decrease from 2017. The decrease in traffic deaths come as people drove even more. Estimated vehicle miles traveled increased by 0.3% from 2017 to 2018, while the fatality rate per 100 million VMT decreased by over 3%.
In 2019, an estimated 38,800 people lost their lives to car crashes – a 2% decline from 2018 (39,404 deaths) and a 4% decline from 2017 (40,231 deaths). About 4.4 million people were injured seriously enough to require medical attention in crashes last year – also a 2% decrease over 2018 figures.
The FARS data indicate that an estimated 8,870 people died in motor vehicle traffic crashes in the second quarter of 2020, a decrease of about 3.3% compared to the second quarter of 2019, which translates into 302 fewer fatalities as compared to the same period in 2019.
Please let us all reduce the speed of our car especially on highways. Do not also hesitate to prompt the driver to reduce the speed if he is overspeeding and doing unnecessary overtaking.
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