Ghana's changeover to right-hand traffic this summer has been accompanied by a significant drop in the accident rate.
GV Conference hall (MUTE)
GV Brigadier Akuffo enters room and is seated
SV Brig. Akuffo makes statement (2 shots)
"As you are aware, the change form left to right-hand traffic was successfully launched at six a.m. on August 4th, exactly two months today. The change-over to date has been smooth. Accidents connected with it, I am happy to inform you, have been insignificant, bearing in mind the magnitude of the operation."
"It is interesting to note that the overall national accident rate has rather dropped, obviously as a result of people being more careful than normal. Figures recorded during the month of August this year, as compared to those of last year, bear an adequate testimony to this assertion. While last year, the Ghana Police recorded 1,153 vehicle accidents for the month of August, the comparative figure for August this year was 893. This showed a drop of 25 per cent in vehicle casualty rate."
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Background: Ghana's changeover to right-hand traffic this summer has been accompanied by a significant drop in the accident rate. Ghanaian Army Commander Brig. F.W.K. Akuffo, who's chairman of the Right-Hand Drive Committee, reported on the largely successful transition at an Accra news conference on Friday (4 October).
He called for a big programme of road safety education and publicity to improve driving further. But it was his opinion that the changeover to right-hand traffic had operated smoothly during the past two months.