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A total of one thousand two hundred and seventy-six (1,276) persons have been injured through road accidents in Ghana.
The number is considered as an appreciation from one thousand and eighty-five (1,085) injuries recorded in the years 2019 representing 18 percent.
This was contained in a document captured by the Ghana Public Safety and Crime Report 2020. According to the report, more persons were injured in 2020 as compared to the year 2019.
Parts of the report narrates that the data was recorded from the months of January 1st to 31st December 2020.
According to the report the data was sampled from some popular television and radio stations scattered across the country.
Apart from the injuries, some persons, unfortunately, lost their lives through road accidents. The report captured those deaths as unintentional.
According to the report, the preventable deaths also increased from four hundred and seventy (470) in 2019 to five hundred and twenty-one (521) in the year 2020 representing 11 percent.
The sad aspect captured by the report indicates that at least one person dies every day in accidents that could have easily been prevented.
“The top three causes of accidental deaths in Ghana recorded in the year 2020 are galamsey activities (illegal mining activities), traffic crashes and drowning”. Part of the statement noted.
The report is coming at a time when road traffic crashes in Ghana are currently on the rise. In the month of March 2021, over thirteen persons have died with several being injured from more than six accidents.
The Ghana road safety commission has been running series of education to reduce the spate of crashes on the roads but more needs to be done.
Drivers and other road users must as well be advised to play their roles in reducing accidents. Since the bad roads have also been captured as another factor, measures must be adopted to fix those bad roads. Road safety is everyone’s responsibility.