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234 killed in third quarter of 2017 in Ashanti region

At least  234 people died in road accidents in the Ashanti Region between January and October, 2017.

Regional Manager of the National Road Safety Commission, Samuel Asiamah  says most of  the  tragedies were caused by tricycles, motorbikes and private cars.

Accidents involving commercial vehicles however dropped over the period compared to last year’s figures.

Mr. Asiamah attributed the development to intensified road safety education, especially, for tro-tro divers.

Meanwhile, a non-governmental road safety organization, Oli Best Road, is taking up the challenge to sensitize tricycle, motor bike riders and private car drivers, respectively.

Chief Executive, Richard Karikari says  the target is to reduce accidents by 50 percent by the year 2020 in the Ashanti region.

They are engaging stakeholders such as National Road Safety Commission, Ghana Police Service, Ghana Highways Authority and Ghana National Fire Service to reach their target.

Manhyia Divisional Police Commander, ACP Kwaku Boah, blames the current trend of accidents on drug and alcohol abuse.

According to him, some drivers have  resorted  to the use of India Hemp and locally brewed wine ‘akpeteshie’  and  Tramol which affect their judgement whilst driving.

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