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Motorbike deaths top road crashes in Ghana

Between January and October this year, 589 deaths have been recorded in motorbike related accidents across the country.

According to the Director of Planning and Programmes at the National Road Safety Commission, David Osafo Adonteng, comparing the current road crashes record to that of 2010 which recorded 200 death, it showed that,  the use of motorcycle for both commercial and business purposes has caused higher record of death than other means of transport.

As part of the ways to curb this casualties the National Road Commission in collaboration with the Transport Ministry are embarking on national dialogue to review the existing law on motorcycle.

The dialogue seeks to ask Ghanaians if the use of motorcycle should still be banned and commercialize.

 As part of the consultation, the team met with some journalist and the Ghana Journalist Association in Accra to dialogue on the ways to solve the alarming rate of death caused by motorcycles in the country.

Mr. Osafo Adonteng stated that in looking at motorcycles statistics, the NRSC noticed a higher number in terms of people who die annually. So far this year, the commission recorded 589 deaths and interrogation into the statistics showed that because people are using for commercial purposes it is also swelling the figures,” he added.

The director of planning at the NRSC however said the commission is putting in steps to review the law on motorcycle alongside stepping up public education as Christmas approaches in order to reduce the rate of death in country.

He cautioned individuals who use motorcycles to ensure that they wear helmet to reduce injuries and also urged motorist to obey traffic lights rules.

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