The Director-General of National Road Safety Authority (NRSA), Mrs May Obiri-Yeboah, says the country recorded about 2,080 road accident deaths and 12,380 injuries of various kinds between January and October, this year.
She said the Authority’s preliminary investigations pointed to non-compliance with road traffic regulations as the major cause of these crashes and the resultant deaths and injuries.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboah said this at a Road Safety workshop organised for Imams in Accra on the theme: “Road Safety Leadership in Communities,” which aimed at building the capacity of Imams to become road safety advocates in their communities and respective areas of influence.
She said the incidence of crashes involving motorcycle riders and passengers was rising, adding, between January and October, a total of 827 people were killed from motorcycle crashes while 3,802 were injured.
She said the effects of these crashes were beyond the victims; spouses, children, and that families bore the dire social and economic cost associated with the accidents.
Mrs Obiri–Yeboah said the Muslim Community in Ghana had played an important role in the nation’s efforts to ensure sanity on the roads.
She said Sheikh Dr. Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, the National Chief Imam, was decorated as the Road Safety Ambassador to lead and advocate for safe road use practices among Muslims across the country.
Mrs Obiri-Yeboah said Imams in various communities and mosques could greatly help improve the country’s road safety situation. She said they could help address the rising casualties associated with motorcycle use by providing the needed motivation for good road user behaviours among their students and followers.
Dr Abubakar Mohammed Marzuq, Personal Assistant to the National Chief Imam, speaking on behalf of the National Chief Imam said every citizen in the country had a role to play in ensuring safety on the roads. He said Imams were leaders of advocacy whom people listen to, therefore involving them in the campaign was laudable.