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The deputy director of the Research, Monitoring and Evaluation of the National Road Safety Commission, David Osafo Adonteng, indicated that Ghana “wastes” more than 1.2 trillion cedi (€94 million, US$128 million) annually on road‐traffic injuries. The cost involved in road‐traffic injuries means that 1.6 percent of the country's gross domestic product per annum is channeled into solving the road‐traffic injuries' situation. Ten thousand fatal traffic incidents occur annually on roads in Ghana, in which 1600 people die and 15000 are seriously injured.
David Osafo Adonteng, who was speaking at the National Road Safety Evaluation and Strategic Workshop in Kumasi in August, said the “Ghana Road Safety Commission was targeting a reduction of road traffic accident fatalities systematically on [a] yearly basis and also [aimed to] achieve a single digit in accident fatality rate by the year 2015,” adding that “such [a] feat could be achieved through prudent administrative measures, while efforts should be made to improve and enforce existing laws on road traffic regulations.”
The Evaluation and Strategic Workshop, which brought together all the stakeholders in the Road industry, such as the Motor Transport and Traffic Unit, Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority, National Association of Driving Schools, and broadcasting industry, as well as the National Insurance Commission, sought to discuss and strategize effectively as to how to achieve the country's vision of making Ghana's road transportation system the safest in Africa. It was also to devise mechanisms as to the way forward in achieving a single‐digit fatality rate in road‐traffic incidents in Ghana.
Mr Adonteng disclosed that the number of road‐traffic incidents, fatalities, and registered vehicles in Ghana between 2001 and 2005 indicated that road‐traffic incidents increased to 11291 in 2001 with 1660 fatalities, but in 2002 they decreased slightly to 10718 with 1665 fatalities. In 2003, road‐traffic incidents decreased further to 10644, but fatalities rose to 1718. In 2004 they rose sharply to 12164 and decreased slightly again to 11305 in 2005.
The deputy director said that the Commission needed to undertake nationwide planning and development of road‐safety education and maintain a comprehensive database and reports related to road safety in the country.
From The Statesman (http://tinyurl.com/2lbvqj). Contributed by Mike Hayes.