Discipline on roads in Volta Region high – NRSC

Ho- Mr Kwasi Tsibu Yirenkyi, Volta Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC), has given high marks to road users, especially commercial drivers for maintaining discipline on roads in the Region.

He said the respect for road signs and other road users by drivers had made roads in the Region among the safest in the country.

Mr Yirenkyi in an interaction with the media ahead of the Commission’s annual mid-year review in Ho, said the professionalism by the drivers resulted in the reduction of road crashes in the first half of 2019 as against last year.

He attributed the feat to road safety campaigns on radio and public places and support from other stakeholders including the media and the police.

Mr Yirenkyi said the Region’s main challenge was commercial motorbikes and pedestrian knock downs, which he said were on the increase.

Madam Joan Fafa Ayer, Assistant Planning Officer, NRSC, said a total of 288 road crashes were recorded in the first half of 2018 against 280 recorded same period this year representing a decrease of 2.78 percent.

She said the number of vehicles involved in the crashes also went down from 443 in 2018 to 405 this year, representing a decline of 8.58 percent.

Ms Ayer said persons injured in the first half of 2019 were 344 as against 346, same period last year with a decrease of 0.58 per cent.

She said deaths recorded from January to June 2019 was 78, from 109 recorded in 2018, representing a significant decrease of 22.77 percent.

The GNA was told that a total of 150 motorbikes were involved in crashes in the first half of 2019 from 149 in 2018, representing an increase of 0.67 per cent.

Pedestrian knockdowns also went up from 58 last year to 69 in first half of this year, representing 18.97 per cent.

Source: Ghana News Agency