100% increase in road accidents recorded so far this year – compared to same period last year

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…speeding the main factor in most of the accident cases recorded

By Kristen Macklingam

There has been a 100 per cent increase of road accidents recorded this year thus far in comparison with the records for the same period in 2015.

Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan, during the launch of the first Road Safety Magazine by the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) on Thursday stated that the road accidents have ‘doubled’ the total that was recorded last year.

The first Road Safety Magazine by the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) was launched today
The first Road Safety Magazine by the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) was launched today

He stated that the cause of the spiraling road carnage in Guyana is as a result of “individual irresponsibility” highlighting that by the end of the 31st week in 2016 there were 1,096 accident cases made out by law enforcement officials.

It was pointed out that speeding was the main factor in most of the accident cases recorded this year against the same period last year which had 516 accident cases.

“We are the highest in and around the Caribbean by far and we are competing with being the highest in the world when compared to the statics globally,” Minister Ramjattan declared.

He urged that all road users, especially drivers, have a commitment to individual responsibility as they utilize the roadways. He also assured that efforts are being made to see a decline in the negative statistics in Guyana.

The magazine helps the reader to have a grasp on what are some of the consequences of ‘bad driving’ and teaches some of the rules of the road especially as it relates to speeding.

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