Story: Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi
ONE hundred and ninety-eight people were killed in accidents in the Ashanti Region in 2007, a reduction over the previous year’s number of 408.
Besides, 1,891 people were injured as against 1,227 within the same period.
The Ashanti Regional Co-ordinator of the National Road Safety Commission, Mr Kwaku Oware-Boateng, told the Daily Graphic that, even though the reduction in fatality rate seemed significant, it was nevertheless better for the nation as every single soul lost in an accident was a big blow to national development.
He said in all, 2,857 vehicles were involved in accidents in the region last year as against 1,311 in 2006.
Mr Oware-Boateng said over the last year, his outfit embarked on a number of road safety activities, which went a long way to reduce accidents on the roads.
He commended all persons and organisations that contributed to bring the rate of accidents down, and expressed the hope that all stakeholders would continue to play their roles effectively.
The co-ordinator urged passengers to be bold to prompt speeding drivers to slow down because a greater percentage of accidents were caused by human errors.