The Accra Road Safety Report (2021) was launched to help implement evidence-based and context-specific interventions to minimize road crashes, deaths and injuries in the metropolis.
The report said that without the implementation of evidence-based interventions, deaths and injuries from road traffic accidents are likely to increase, given the increase in motorization in low- and middle-income countries.
“The burden of traffic accidents poses serious social, economic and public health problems at all levels of society, especially since the majority of those who die are young people in their prime who work to earn a living and support their families. families,” he said. .
It was launched by Ms. Elizabeth Kwatsoe Sackey, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer at the end of a three-day Bloomberg Philanthropy Initiative for the Global Road Safety Regional Meeting for Africa in Accra on Friday.
She said the report’s findings show that the number of reported road accidents in Accra increased from 1,774 in 2020 to 1,808 in 2021, an increase of two per cent, however fatalities decreased from 136 in 2020 to 123 in 2021, nine percent. decrease.
“Although our beloved city has registered a slight decrease in deaths, we cannot rest until our roads are safe for all users. This decline should prompt us to redouble our efforts in our various interventions with the confidence that we can achieve so much by putting in more effort,” said Ms. Sackey.
He said speeding remains the leading risk factor for serious road accidents globally and locally and overall speeding has risen from 50 percent in 2021 to 51 percent in 2022.
“Motorcycles top the list of vehicles seen to exceed the established limit. This could be attributed to the high patronage of motorcycles for private and commercial purposes.”
The chief executive urged the Police Motorized Traffic and Transport Directorate (MTTD) to pay special attention to motorcyclists when carrying out speed checks to help reduce speeding among them.
She said: “I am delighted to announce that WADA launched a mass media campaign called ‘Surgeon’ in December of last year. Over the years, our mass media campaigns have relied heavily on the data from these reports to choose the focus and target audience for this campaign.”
“The campaign that is still ongoing on television, radio, social networks and outdoor advertising is in collaboration with the National Road Safety Authority, the Police MTTD with the technical support of Vital Strategies and aims to sensitize motorists against excess of speed”.
Ms Sackey called on major institutions with an interest in road safety, including the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, the National Road Safety Authority, the Urban Roads Department and the Police MTTD, among others, to make use of the report effective to guide the interventions that are being carried out.
He praised the Bloomberg Philanthropic Initiative for Global Road Safety team for their technical support in helping the city produce the report.
“I will work with all the confidence I can muster knowing that with this great team of experts, the BIGRS working with the City of Accra, our city can and will achieve great things around road safety.
“I am proud to mention that this is the first AMA city-specific road safety report released during my tenure. I have no doubt that this report will help to provide continuous monitoring of the results of traffic accidents in the city and to plan and monitor road safety intervention”, he stated.