"2126 Lives Lost Through 11,858 Accidents From January To September 2021" - MTTD (VIDEOS/PICS)
The Motor Traffic and Transport Directorate (MTTD) has revealed that, from January to September 2021, some 2126 lives have been lost from 11, 858 road crashes in Ghana.
According to the authority, 11,659 injuries were recorded from those road accidents within this space of time.
The MTTD made these revelations when the Ministry for Transport organized a National Consultative Forum on Road Traffic Crashes and Review of the road traffic Act 2004 (Act 683) and Regulations 2012 (L.I. 2180) which was held in Accra.
Speaking at the forum, a representative at the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD), Supt Dr. Samuel Sasu Mensah stressed that, those accidents which were recorded during those periods were caused by negligence which he says could be avoided by the individual drivers.
He added that the increasing rate of crashes is a worrying situation which he believes the review of the regulations will help in addressing some of the challenges.
Supt Dr. Sasu Mensah in his speech also revealed that the MTTD is also introducing new ideas and reforms which he says will help address some issues of corruption, reformation of traffic laws, and also minimizing indiscipline on the roads.
On his part, The Minister of Transport, Hon Kwaku Ofori Asiamah has said Government take matters of public safety seriously and task MTTD to make operational guidelines.
Speaking at a forum, the transport Minister stated that people are dying through unnecessary road accidents, as he says it is an indictment on all Ghana if one life is lost through an accident which he believes everyone has a role to play.
The Minister made these revelations when the Ministry for Transport organized a National Consultative Forum on Road Traffic Crashes and Review of the road traffic Act 2004 (Act 683) and Regulations 2012 (L.I. 2180) which was held in Accra.
He added that the 2012 LI for road regulations was passed by Parliament but the review of the regulations which is being discussed at the consultative forum will help address major challenges and bring changes to the existing regulations.
The Director-General, National Road Safety Authority, Ing. May Obiri Yeboah said the review of the road traffic Act will go a long way to address the challenges associated with road accidents in Ghana.
She added that the Authority is committed to ensuring the protection of lives on the road.
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Story by: Joshua Kwabena Smith