It is very sad for me to pen down this piece. As a Ghanaian, my frustrations with respect to how our people are dying on our roads like animals being slaughtered daily is very unpalatable!
Statistics about road accidents in Ghana is very devastating. Averagely, 5 people die daily in Ghana through road accident. This sad situation, over the past eight or so years, if not curtailed, deaths from road accidents can plunge this country into a standstill.
Very soon, Ghana is likely to lose the entire energetic workforce through fatal road accidents.
Quickly, I want to go straight to my view on how to solve this situation:
1. Dual-carriage lanes must be constructed on all major highways linking all the regional capitals . This will curb the constant head-on collision which has been the order of the day leading to 95% of deaths from Road Accidents.
2. Empower Police Service and Road safety Commission or A new agency must be created which could be a coalition of these two agencies and the Ghana Highways to ensure strict adherence of laws and regular maintenance of our roads. Roads signs and quality roads were all supposed to be supervised by Ghana Highways. Over the years, this particular institution has failed to perform its functions to our satisfaction.
I wish to ask politicians, that, for how long can they tell us we are developing, when we cannot feel comfortable moving on our roads comfortably. We are dying by the day. We are all on a time bomb cos no matter how careful you are, another drivers carelessness can kill you. Radical decisions and actions need to be taken to avert this calamity and save Ghana our motherland.
Here are few statistics:
• In Year 2013: A total of two thousand, and ninety six (2,096) died through accidents and 12,655 persons were injured (https://www.ghanaweb.com/…/Over-2-000-killed-in-road-crashe……) • Year 2014: : A total of one thousand, eight hundred and fifty six(1,856) Ghanaians died through road accidents that involved 20,442 vehicles(https://www.ghanaweb.com/…/1856-pedestrians-killed-in-2014-…)
• Year 2015: : A total of one thousand, six hundred
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