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06.04.2007 General News

Wa leads in road accidents


The Wa town recorded 73 per cent of the 82 road accidents that occurred in the Upper West region, which led to a total of 79 deaths last year.

The Regional Minister, Mr Ambrose Dery, disclosed in an address read on his behalf at the opening of a two-day educational campaign on road safety for parents, teachers and school children in the Wa Municipality.

He said multi-sector, multi-stakeholder and multi-disciplinary dimensions were needed to address the problem of accidents on the country's roads instead of relying solely on law enforcement agencies.

Mr Dery was happy to note that a series of training of trainers workshops had been organized nation-wide for over 5,000 teachers as one of the major strategies formulated to reduce accidents.

He enjoined parents, guardians and teachers to consider themselves as active partners in the crusade to enforce road traffic regulations.

Deputy Superintendent of Police, Mr Peter Ndekugri, who heads the Motor Traffic and Transport Unit of the Police Service in the region, said 25 per cent of all pedestrian accidents involved people under 16 years of age.

He appealed to the general public to cooperate with the law enforcement agencies to make sanity prevail on the roads.

Source: GNA