Seven motor accidents, with one death, were recorded in Cape Coast during the Christmas period, the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service has said.
Police Chief Superintendent Felix Kwesi Cosmos of the Cape Coast MTTD told the GNA that the accidents occurred between Tuesday, December 23 and Sunday, December 28.
He said the death occurred at Abakam on the Cape Coast Takoradi highway near the University of Cape Coast (UCC) on December 27 when the deceased, Esther Ahorlutor, 40, was knocked down by a vehicle when she was crossing the road.
Another accident had occurred at the same Abakam area on December 23 and involved a Benz Sprinter Mini Bus and an articulated truck.
Chief Superintendent Cosmos said both vehicles were heading towards Kumasi from Takoradi and on reaching Abakam the articulated truck driver overtook the sprinter and cut in front of it.
He said the driver of the bus, in an attempt to avoid a crash, swerved, lost control of the steering wheel and landed in a ditch.
Victims were treated at the Elmina Urban Health Centre and the UCC Hospital and discharged while the driver of the articulated truck, Isaac Anderson, who attempted to escape, was arrested at the Elmina Police Barrier and is being processed for court.
Chief Superintendent Cosmos advised pedestrians to ensure their personal safety at all times instead of walking “lackadaisically” by the road, thinking road safety was the sole responsibility of drivers.
He said about 30 percent of road crashes were pedestrian knock downs, an indication of the magnitude of the problem and stressed the need for pedestrian to take precautions to avoid being knocked down by vehicles.
Chief Superintendent Cosmos urged passengers not to be passive when drivers drive recklessly but rather call them to order politely or report them at a police check point.
He also cautioned drivers especially those who travelled long distances against driving tired, as well as observe all road traffic rules and regulations. GNA