According to the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), there has been a 14.8% rise in the number of fatalities from road accidents this year as compared to the first three months of 2020.
“Road traffic accidents have been on the rise in the months of January and March this year, compared to the same time last year. This year, we have registered 4,009 crashes in this quarter, compared to 3,494 in the same time last year. As a result, there has been a 14.8 percent rise “ten percent “
According to the Authority, “this rise is concerning, particularly given that last year it collaborated with a number of media outlets to promote the Arrive Alive campaign to try and sensitize road users on the importance of driving safely.” So we concluded that the message would be received and that the number of incidents would decrease,” May Obiri Yeboah, the Head of the National Road Safety Authority, told Citi News.
She also mentioned that there has been a rise in the number of vehicles involved in collisions as well as the number of people injured this year as opposed to the same time last year.
“Also this year, 6,830 vehicles have been involved in crashes as compared to 5,875 last year, which is an increase of about 16.3%. 771 persons have died through road accidents this month as compared to 595 people during the same period last year; an increase of 29.6%. Of the 771 people who died this year, 341 of them died through motorcycle accidents. 4,200 people have been injured this year while 3,799 people were injured during the same period last year; an increase of 10.56%. 724 were knocked down by vehicles this year, compared to 623 people last year.”
Since more people have died in motorcycle accidents, Ing. Obiri Yeboah says the Authority is taking the time to inform motorists on road safety.
She went on to say that “public safety is multi-sectoral, so all industries must collaborate, and all road users must be disciplined, in order to help reduce the number of road collisions and accidents.”