Provisional data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) shows that the number of commuters killed in road traffic crashes recorded in the first seven months of 2022 declined by 15.42% compared to the same period of 2021.
An improvement in enforcement by the MTTD and increase in awareness creation by the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA) are largely responsible for the reduction.
The Provisional data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS) shows that there was also a drop in the rate of fatalities from 1,706 fatalities between January and July last year to 1,443 during the same period this year.
There was also an increase in the rate of motor cycle deaths. Motorcycles killed the highest number of commuters totaling 596, representing 41.3%t. Out of the 1,443 fatalities, 412 representing 28.5% resulted from pedestrian knockdowns.
Pedestrians killed in the seven months of this year recorded 9.20% decline to 412 compared to the 502 killed during the same period last year.
Similarly, the number of persons injured also recorded 0.87% drop from 9,299 last year to 9,218 during the same period this year.
The data also shows that 1,144 males made up of 128 below the ages of 18 and 1,016 who are 18 years and above were killed. Similarly, 299 females comprising 65 who are 18 years and below, as well as 234 aged 18 years and above, also died from road crashes.