General News of Thursday, 12 December 2019
Statistics from the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) indicate that deaths caused by road accidents across the country – from January to October 2019 – has reduced by 0.31 per cent.
According to the NRSA, road accident deaths have reduced marginally, with 1,915 deaths recorded from the beginning of the year as compared to 1,921 deaths recorded in 2018.
Pedestrian knockdowns have also reduced by 7.07 per cent with 2,418 knockdowns being recorded from the beginning of the year as against 2,418 knockdowns recorded in 2018.
These were made known by the Public Relations Officer of the NRSA, Madam Pearl Adusu Gyeasi, at the climax of a 6-month safety and security campaign organised by Graphic Communications Group Limited (GCGL).
The campaign was aimed at educating the public on how to ensure that their safety and security in every aspect of life is not compromised.
Commending GCGL for embarking on the campaign, Madam Gyeasi stressed that safety and security was a collective effort and that with government’s efforts, the necessary policies and regulations would result in a positive change.
She said the NRSA had put in place a programme to complement efforts being made by various stakeholders to ensure that the yuletide was devoid of avoidable accidents.
“The National Road Safety Authority has commenced its Christmas campaign on the theme ‘Stop Road Accident Now Before It Stops You’. Currently, we are in partnership with some media houses across the country on a regular basis to educate road users on road safety issues in this festive period. It is hard to accept, but accidents are caused by our own disdain to follow rules,” she said.