More than 80% of road accident fatalities in Jirapa are caused by boozing. Alcohol consumption has been linked to a disproportionately high number of motorbike accidents in the Jirapa Municipality of the Upper West Region. This is because alcohol impairs riders’ ability to handle their bikes safely and make wise decisions when it comes to other road users.
Notwithstanding efforts to lower the number of traffic accidents in the municipality, the canker is seeing a startling increase, according to records from the Ghana Police Service and St. Joseph’s Hospital.
Dr. Daniel Nii Armah Tetteh, the medical superintendent of St. Joseph’s Hospital, claims that drivers’ excessive alcohol consumption accounts for 70–80% of fatalities resulting from traffic accidents.
He bemoaned the fact that alcohol use is the leading cause of traffic accidents and fatalities in the municipality, accounting for 90% of all incidents.
Dr. Tetteh revealed the facility’s struggles with recurrent mishaps, particularly in the emergency department, which is regularly overrun with injured parties.
He therefore urged everyone who uses the roads, especially motorcyclists, to abstain from drinking alcohol before riding because doing so puts both their lives and the lives of others in danger.More than 80% of road accident fatalities in Jirapa are caused by boozing.