The Ministry of Roads and Highways has described as “misleading”, a report by Accra-based media outlet, JoyNews, which claimed that the Minister of Roads and Highways, Kwasi Amoako-Atta, had blamed drivers and good roads “for significant increase in road accidents” in Ghana.
In a rejoinder signed by its Public Relations Officer, Isaac Agyei Kwakye, and directly made available to African Entertainment by the Information Ministry, the Roads Ministry explained that “it is worthy of note that the Hon. Minister of Roads and Highways never said that “construction of good roads will lead to fatalities.”
According to the rejoinder, “what the Hon. Amoako-Atta said was “-research and evidence show that over 90% of road accidents could be attributed to the human factor. In our country, the more we improve our roads, the more we make our roads motorable and comfortable to ride on, the more we spread asphalt overlays, the more we get and record accidents because most of our drivers take the opportunity to over speed on improved roads.””
Below is the rejoinder
Road Crashes Situation in Ghana
Data released by the Ghana Police Service in March this year showed that at least 517 people have died across Ghana due to road crashes which occurred between January and February 2021.
During the same period in 2020 (January – February 2020), some 393 deaths were recorded in Ghana due to road crashes.
Between January and February this year, an estimated 2,560 road crashes have been reported. 1,581 commercial vehicles and 974 motorcycles were involved.
At least 2,766 pedestrians were knocked down during the period under review.
Of the total fatalities recorded between January and February 2021, the Ashanti Region, recorded the highest with 108 deaths.
The Eastern Region came second with 91 deaths, and Greater Accra Region came third with 89 deaths.
North East Region, however, had the lowest number of fatalities, recording only two deaths.
The Ghana Police Service further reported that the road crashes hotspots in Ghana this year are on Buipe-Tamale road, Akyem Asafo, the Accra-Tema motorway, Bolga-Navrongo road, as well as Kyekyewere and Mankessim.
A number of fatalities have also been recorded in March 2021, including the one which occurred on the outskirts of Sawla, where a Wa-Kumasi bound Sprinter Benz bus with registration number AS 3022-15 somersaulted and crashed into a nearby bush on the Sawla-Tuna-Kaiba District of the Savannah Region, claiming eight lives and leaving 22 others in critical condition.
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