The Ghana Ministry of Roads and Transport has said a total of 944 persons lost their lives in motor accidents between the months of January and June 2015.
Mrs. Dzifa Aku Attivor, the transportation minister, disclosed this in Cape Coast at the mid-year performance review conference of the National Road Safety Commission (NRSC).
The conference, sources told SaharaReporters, was also to launch the 2015-2017 national road safety action plan that forms part of the 2011-2020 national blueprint for the National Road Safety Strategy III.
Aside from this, Mrs. Attivor said statistics carried out by the Ministry showed that 6,384 crashes involving 9,914 vehicles occurred within the purview of the same year.
She said the crashes and vehicles involved saw 19.96 percent and 19.20 percent reductions respectively in the figures.
The minister added that the figure still needed to be reduced, as the government of Ghana was unhappy with the current road casualty situation.
“We need improvement in our road safety situation in order to meet our national targets at the end of the decade,” Mrs. Attivor said.
According to her, Ghana was ranked first among 23 countries in Africa by the Economic Commission of Africa in respect of the implementation of most road safety action plans developed within the framework of the UN Decade of Action for Road Safety initiative.
Mr. Aquainas Tawiah Quansah, the Central Regional Minister, revealed that 417 road mishap cases were recorded between January and July 2015.
Mr. Ouansah said this resulted in 72 deaths and 452 injuries.
He disclosed that the figures represented 46 percent reduction in the number of deaths and a 42 percent reduction in the number of injuries for the same period.
Earlier, the Director of Ghana’s NRSC, May Obiri-Yeboah, said it was imperative to collaborate with stakeholders from the transport sector in order to help reduce road disasters.