The National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) has indicated that the Upper East Region (UER) has recorded a total of 72 motorbike crashes between January and June of 2023.
When compared to crashes during the same period last year, there has been a 323 percent rise in the number of accidents. According to the NRSA, 17 crashes involving motorcycles were reported in the first half of 2017.
Within the same period in the region, 32 commercial vehicles were involved in road crashes; resulting in a 28 percent increase, as against the 19 crashes recorded during the same period last year.
Also, 24 private vehicles were involved in road crashes, compared to 36 crashes recorded in 2022.
The Regional Head of the National Road Safety Authority, Laari Zachariah, revealed this when he spoke to Mark Smith on A1 Radio`s Daybreak Upper East show about road safety.
Mr. Osei Kwarteng, a Principal Transport Assistant with the Authority, indicated that almost 95 percent of these crashes occurred due to human errors.
He noted that drivers and riders do not practise defensive driving and riding while on the road.
This, he said, the Authority observed, coupled with the neglect of road signs by drivers and riders and the failure of some institutions to upgrade the skills of their drivers and properly assess vehicles before embarking on the road, are major causes of these crashes.
The Upper East Region has recorded 35 deaths and 86 injuries through road crashes in the first half of 2023.
Source: A1radioonline.Com|101.1MHz|Gilbert Azeem Tiroog|Bolgatanga