Chief Inspector Francis Addo of the Brong Ahafo Regional Motto Traffic and Transport Unit (MTTU) has said that 193 people died and 889 were injured last year in motor traffic accidents.
In an interview with the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani, Chief Inspector Addo stated that the MTTU recorded a total of 716 road accidents involving 854 vehicles and 188 motor bikes in the region.
He said 119 pedestrians were also knocked down by vehicles and motor bikes.
Chief Inspector Addo expressed concern about the alarming rate of accidents recorded last year as compared to the previous years and advised drivers to be cautious to help save lives and properties.
He stated that although bad roads could be blamed for their cause, his unit had identified over-speeding and wrong over-taking by some drivers as major causes of the accidents.
He said his unit will coordinate with the Ghana Highways Authority and The Urban Roads Department to ensure that accident-prone roads were rehabilitated to minimize the occurrences.
Chief Inspector Addo called for the introduction of road signs such as zebra-crossing on various roads, to help minimize pedestrian deaths.
He also called on the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Authority (DVLA) to discontinue issuing road worthy certificates to old and weak vehicles.
According to him, last year 522 drivers in the region were arrested while 191 were arraigned before courts, and added that 172 were convicted with a total fine of GH¢28,628.00.
Chief Inspector advised road users to obey road and traffic regulations. GNA