From the month of January to October, 393 pedestrians according to statistics were killed by knockdowns while 369 suffered various injuries.
On offenders, 345 were sent to court, 250 convicted and fined, 4 jailed, 8 acquitted and discharged, 81 awaiting trial.
A total fine of GH 95,334.00 was imposed on offenders, 56 cases under investigation while 46 wrongdoers were given warning letters.
These were disclosed by Police officer Andrews Attobrah- Accident Data Statistics Clerk MTTD Ashanti at a 2-day Road Safety Journalism Workshop which was organized by Vital Strategies with the support of Bloomberg Philanthropies, through the Bloomberg Initiative for Global Road Safety (BIGRS).
Per the foregoing worrying statistics, Andrews Attobrah indicated that focus on road safety education alone will not in any way correct the status-quo but the inclusion of a beefed-up enforcement of regulations on road safety.
“Without enforcement, education won’t be of much impact and we won’t achieve anything”.
It was a program organized for reporters and editors in Kumasi, aimed at equipping participants to explore new ways to cover one of the world’s most neglected but deadly public health hazards; road crashes.
Present at the event were the Ashanti regional officials from the National Road Safety Authority and the MTTD.
Partakers were schooled on some road safety terminologies, risk factors on road safety, relevance of the usage of data in road safety reporting, road safety data sources, challenges of data sources among others. A platform was created for group work and presentation.
Speaking to www.leakynews.net on the sidelines, Mr. Randy Wilson- Initiative Coordinator, BIGRS Kumasi said most media organizations usually report only when accidents happen “but officials are looking at empowering journalists in Kumasi with adequate knowledge to educate the public so that we will achieve a reduced rate in road crashes.