Crashes kill 1.5k so far: NRSC


road-crashesThe National Road Safety Commission (NRSC) has tasked political parties to sensitise supporters not to speed, overload, and engage in reckless driving ahead of the December polls as the death toll through road accidents have so far reached 1,500 as of September this year.

The appeal comes at the back of an accident that killed three supporters of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Tongu Constituency of the Volta Region.

Over a dozen of the party’s faithful got involved in the accident on Sunday October 23 with some of them in critical condition. The two drivers whose cars collided are still unconscious.

Speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show (EBS) on Class 91.3FM on Monday October 24, Director of Communications of the commission, Kwame Atuahene said it is urgent for political parties to get involve in sensitising their supporters about road safety issues.

“As of September [2016] 1,500 [people] have died out of using the road. … Political commitment must be key, so, when we met them, we spoke about this issue at length that even beyond the appointments of safety officers. Politicians must begin to look at safety as a matter of interest. Not too many people have died from violent crimes. If you talk to the police, they will tell you that this year, I’m not sure about 500 [people] have died out of violent crimes, including suicide and robbery,” he told show host Prince Minkah.

“… 1,500 have died through road accidents, so, we must be seen to be doing more. In this season of electioneering, the politicians or political parties are as much an important stakeholder as the police or the road safety commission,” he added.

Source: Ghana/