116 Died In Tema Road Accidents

A TOTAL of 116 people died in road traffic
accidents last year alone in Tema, as the motor traffic accident scourge
continues to rock the country.

According to data compiled by the Tema Regional
Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Greater Accra Region, the
figure represents four people less than the 120 people killed in the previous
year (2018).

There were 126 pedestrian knockdowns recorded last
year and the MTTU said 31 were killed, whereas 66 survived with injuries.

Accident recorded in 2019 increased by 219
cases from 628 in 2018 to 847 last year, and out of the 847 accidents, private
vehicles involved were 608.

In an interview with DAILY GUIDE, the Tema
Regional MTTD Commander, Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP)/Mr. Joseph
Owusu Bempah said a lot of recalcitrant drivers involved in the accident cases
last year were private vehicle users.

He said there were many incidents of reckless
driving and the police were stepping up their game to stem the tide.

He said commercial vehicle drivers were not
getting involved in many accidents because of the sensitization programmes that
the police and road safety authorities including the DVLA were organizing for
them.

He said a lot of private vehicle drivers had
been moving without getting involved in road safety activities and that was
affecting their performance on the roads.

The Tema Regional MMTD Commander made a
passionate appeal to the judicial authorities “to be more ruthless in its handling
of motor traffic offences” to help reduce rampant accidents in the country.

From Vincent Kubi, Tema

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