Road traffic casualties worsens for 2016
Provisional Road Traffic Crashes (RTCs) data available to the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) show a worsening road safety situation for 2016 with increases in almost all the major indices.
On the average, nearly 193 persons were killed every month as a result of road traffic crashes in 2016.
According to a press release, the commission stated that as at December last year, 12,510 road crash cases were reported involving 19,495 vehicles resulting in 2,198 deaths and 11,293 injuries. This figure represents a 15.3 percent and 15 percent increase in cases reported and vehicles involved over the 2015 situations respectively.
Again, deaths and injuries increased by 34.5 percent and 22.9 percent respectively from 2015.
A total of 8,555 private vehicles, 8,113 commercial vehicles and 2,827 motorcycles were involved in the 2016 crashes representing 43.9 percent 41.6 percent and 14.5 percent respectively of all vehicles involved in RTCS.
While private and commercial vehicles increased by 14 percent and 13.3 percent over the 2015 situation, motorcycle involvement in crashes increased by 23.5 percent in 2016.
The release noted that child fatalities increased by 40.2 percent in 2016 from 286 in 2015 to 401 in 2016 while cases of pedestrian knock downs increased from 2,121 in 2015 to 2,961 in 2016 representing a 39.6 percent rise.
The gender distribution for the year under review follows the transfer of more make deaths in RTCS.
According to the Commission, in 2016, 66.6 percent of the total fatalities recorded were adult males while 15.2 percent were adult females. In terms of the regional distribution of road traffic fatalities, the top 4 regions for 2016 were Greater Accra, 493; Eastern, 347; Ashanti, 310; and Brong Ahafo Regions, 286, deaths respectively and representing 65.3 percent of the total fatalities for 2016.
Upper West region, 54, recorded the lowest fatalities followed by Upper East, 84 and Central Regions, 138 deaths.