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The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), in the Bono East region, have recorded 162 accident cases in the first half of this year.
These, according to the Bono East Regional Head of the NRSA, Mr Emmanuel Akyeampong – Parry included 112 commercial vehicles, 42 privately owned cars, 107 motorbikes and 36 pedestrian knockdowns.
Mr Akyeampong – Parry, in an interview with Journalists on Friday in Techiman, said the region registered 66 deaths out of the number, which included 37 motorbikes and 29 vehicles.
The Regional Head noted that, the NRSA in the region recorded 235 injuries in the period under review saying that key stakeholders have put measures in place to reduce accident cases.
He told pressmen that, about 90 per cent of the cases were caused by indiscipline on the roads namely over – speeding, under – aged riders, unlicenced riders and drivers and deplorable roads.
Mr Akyeampong – Parry further said the use of cell phones while driving and riding, and fatigue as a result of long hours driving also caused accidents in the region saying that it is not advisable to drive more than 500 kilometers.
” The NRSA met with Techiman traditional council, the Driver and Vehicle Licencing Authority (DVLA), the district assemblies, the Motor Traffic and Transport Division (MTTD) on enforcing the law on offenders” he told Journalists.
The Regional Head further said they have intensified public education on road safety in the region adding that “training workshop has been organised for ‘Pragyia’ riders. The various driver unions will also receive the training”.
He implored residents in the Bono East region to strictly abide by road safety rules and regulations to foster peace on the roads saying that drivers too must do routine maintenance of their vehicles.
Mr Akyeampong – Parry urged passengers to avoid over – loading of goods and persons and that they must complain and report indiscipline drivers to the police and other authorities.
” The NRSA is mandated to regulate,ensure implementation and enforcement of road safety standards and procedures in the Bono East region” Mr Akyeampong – Parry told pressmen.
The Regional Head commended the efforts of stakeholders, in the quest for road safety in the region during the period under review saying that there is more room for improvement.