Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has joined growing calls for Ghanaians to exercise caution when driving or using roads.
Road accidents have been one of the major contributors to numerous deaths in Ghana.
It has claimed several lives in the past and recently, New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary nominee for Yapei-Kusawgu constituency in the Savannah Region, Abu Kamara died in a road accident.
Dr Bawumia says the Ghanaian economy is hugely been affected considering the numbers that continue to lose their lives through road accidents.
“My plea to those who use the roads, drive or cross is to be very cognisant of the fact that there is no need to be in a hurry to die, let’s make sure we maintain our cars well to ensure we remain safe”
The number of commuters killed in road traffic crashes between January and June 2020 dropped by 8.79% compared with the same period in 2019.
The figure dropped from 1,251 in the first half of last year to 1,141 in the same period this year.
Data compiled by the Motor Traffic and Transport Department (MTTD) of the Ghana Police Service indicates that 909 males, comprising 842 above 18 years and 67 below 18 years, were killed in road crashes in the first half of this year.
On the other hand, 232 females, made up of 175 above 18 years and 57 below 18 years, also lost their lives during the period.
The data showed a 22.85% decrease in pedestrian knockdowns as the figure dropped from 1,523 last year compared to 1,175 this year.
Also, the number of pedestrians killed dropped from 381 between January and June 2019 to 305 in 2020.