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General News of Wednesday, 4 July 2018


1,204 accidents recorded in Ashanti Region since January 2018

There has been an upsurge in reported road crashes this year, 2018 in the Ashanti Region.

There have been 1,204 cases reported between January and June 2018.
This represents an increase of 17% as compared to same period in 2017.

207 people died this year, representing an increase of 36% as compared to the previous year with a record of 1,400 injuries.

Ashanti Regional Director of the National Road Safety Commission, Ing. Samuel Asiamah speaking with Citi News in an interview revealed that the causes of the road crashes included speeding, fatigue, and drunk driving.

A total of 2,030 vehicles were involved. 45 percent commercial vehicles, 42 percent private vehicles and 13 percent motor and tricycles.

Answering questions on the number of auto rickshaws; which have taken over roads in the regional capital, Kumasi, involved in road crashes, Ing. Asiamah said the commission recorded rather low crashes.

336 killed in over 2,000 accidents in just two months
The National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), in March 2018 revealed that 336 people lost their lives in road accidents in the first two months of 2018.

The Commission also stated that a total of 2,095 road crashes were recorded in January and February alone, representing a significant rise from the same period in 2017.