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AMA LAUNCHES ROAD SAFETY REPORT

The Accra Metropolitan Assembly, in partnership with the Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety (AMA-BIGRS), has released the first AMA Road Safety Report which analyses data from 2011 to 2015.


The report reveals that 13,059 crashes occurred during the period, emphasizing the need for stronger efforts to improve road safety in Accra.


According to the report, based on data from police crash reports, 2,934 people were seriously injured while 909 died from road crashes in the Accra Metropolitan Area from 2011 to 2015.


The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Accra, Mohammed Adjei Sowah, who launched the report at the Accra City Hotel in Accra on Tuesday, July 10, 2018, said the economic and social consequences of road deaths, and the cost of treatment and rehabilitation for severely injured casualties, should be a major concern for city administrators, national governments, road safety agencies, the police, public health professionals and citizens.


The report, Mr  Sowah noted, was expected to inform the strategic planning of road safety measures in the future, adding that  the identification of high-risk locations and times of day would help city agencies focus their efforts on engineering remediation and targeted enforcement that would have the most impact.


He mentioned other key findings of the report which indicated that the highest number of crashes during was recorded in 2015, with 2,979 crashes, a 40.6% increase from the number recorded in 2014.


"Almost 90% of road fatalities in the observation period were pedestrians, motorcycle riders and bicyclists—the most vulnerable of road users. Pedestrians constituted about 70% of all fatalities, motorcyclists (drivers and passengers) about 14%, and bicyclists about 2%.


Males accounted for approximately 80% and 70% of deaths and severe injuries, respectively. The highest proportion of deaths and serious injuries in 2015 was among men 25 to 39 years old while 77 fatalities and 252 serious injuries occurred among males in this age group that year," he said.


According to the Report, Mr Sowah said, in 2015, about 60% of road crashes on the major national highways in the Accra metropolitan area were recorded on the N1 Highway, with the N6 and N4 also showing a significant proportion of crashes, the highest number of which crashes and serious injuries occurried on Saturdays, although most fatal crashes took place on Sundays.


He said the launch of  the AMA Road Safety Report was a component of ongoing road safety surveillance activities  in line with the goal of using data to inform decision-making.


"The AMA aims to regularly publish additional road safety reports to track progress and inform interventions to save lives. AMA-BIGRS would engage with health facilities within the Accra metropolitan area in the coming months to review and analyse data on victims of road crashes who are sent to health facilities," he added.


He reiterated the need for drivers to desist from acts that are contrary to the road traffic regulations and urged all road users in the Accra Metropolitan area to prioritize their safety and ensure that no lives were lost resulting from crashes in Accra.


Madam Sylviane Ratte , Deputy Director , Global Road Safety Initiative in a statement on behalf of Bloomberg Philanthropies Initiative for Global Road Safety, thanked the MCE of Accra for his commitment towards the initiative.


She pointed out that data is key and critical in decision-making and urged policy makers to make use of the report.


Madam Sarah Nana Yeboah, in an address delivered on behalf of the Head of Emergency and Accident Unit of the Greater Accra Regional Hospital, appealed to governments and all stakeholders to help address the challenge of inadequate ambulances, a situation that made it difficult to transport accident victims safely to health facilities.


The AMA-BIGRS is a five-year initiative supported by Bloomberg Philanthropies with four components— safer streets and mobility, enforcement, strategic communication and surveillance.


Some activities and interventions to enhance road safety undertaken by the AMA-BIGRS partnership include road assessments to guide design recommendations for safer roads, the launch and continuous implementation of the Pedestrian Safety Action Plan,  formation of a task force including the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service and City Metropolitan Guards, and road safety communication campaigns to reduce drink driving.


Source: AMA (PR Unit)