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Upper East Region: 35 people killed through road crashes in first half of 2023

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The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has indicated that the Upper East Region (UER) has recorded 35 deaths through road crashes between January and June 2023.

This indicates a 75 percent increase, compared with the 20 deaths recorded during the same period last year.

These deaths were recorded in 85 road crashes, resulting in 86 injuries.

However, there has been a 14 percent reduction in the number of injuries, compared with 100 injuries recorded during the same period last year.

According to the Regional Head of the National Road Safety Authority, Laari Zachariah, February and June recorded the highest number of road crashes, with each month recording 15, while January recorded the highest number of injuries with 26.

The highest number of deaths were also recorded in February, June, and April, with each month recording 7 deaths.

Mr. Zachariah revealed that 23 pedestrians were knocked down, compared to 14 knockdowns in the same period last year.

Nationally, 1,086 people died out of 6,904 reported cases of road crashes from January to June this year, compared with the 1,300 deaths in 7,687 crashes within the same period last year.

The number of injuries also decreased to 7,807 this year from the 8,007 recorded last year.

Mr. Zachariah bemoaned that these figures are disturbing, as a single life lost in an accident is very regrettable, and called on drivers and riders to practice defensive driving and riding by being careful and observant while on the road to save lives.


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