NRSA reports 609 lives lost in Road Crashes during Q1 2024


Amidst the concerning statistics unveiled by the National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), it’s clear that road crashes remain a pressing issue. With 609 lives lost in the first quarter of 2024, a slight increase from the previous year, the urgency to address road safety is evident. Mrs. Pearl Adusu Sateckla, the Head of Public Relations of the NRSA, emphasized the need for collective action to combat this menace.

In an interview with the Ghanaian Times, Mrs. Sateckla highlighted the grim reality: 3,823 individuals suffered injuries during this period, with 3,405 accidents recorded. These incidents, ranging from pedestrian knock-downs to vehicle collisions, underscore the dangers of overspeeding and fatigued driving.

To tackle this issue head-on, the NRSA has joined forces with the Ghana Police Service and the Bloomberg Philanthropic Initiative for Global Road. Together, they aim to raise awareness among drivers and road users, emphasizing that road safety is a shared responsibility.

Mrs. Sateckla emphasized the preventable nature of most road accidents, urging everyone to play their part in averting tragedies. Enforcement measures have been implemented, with drivers caught violating traffic laws facing penalties from the Motor Traffic and Transport Department.

The importance of public education cannot be overstated. Mrs. Sateckla assured the public of the NRSA’s commitment to working with partners such as the media, the Ghana Police Service, and the Driver Vehicle and Licensing Authority to promote road safety.

She highlighted the broader implications of traffic accidents, emphasizing their adverse effects on the country’s socioeconomic progress. Therefore, she called upon all road users to actively support initiatives aimed at enhancing road safety.

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