2013 records increase in road fatalities

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – There has been an increase by two road fatalities at the end of December 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012, with 112 fatalities from 103 accidents in 2013 compared to 110 fatalities from 102 accidents during 2012.

The period January 01 to December 31, 2013, saw a reduction in relation to the damage accidents and a 6% and 5% increase, respectively, in serious and minor accidents.

According to the Police, pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 39 such persons having lost their lives at the end of 2013. In addition 18 motor cyclists, 13 pedal cyclists, 17 drivers of other motor vehicles, 3 pillion riders and 22 passengers of motor vehicles also lost their lives.

Police noted that speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 72 of the 103 fatal accidents recorded at the end of December 2013.  21 of these motorists were found to have been under the influence of alcohol at the time.

Traffic enforcement by the police during 2013 resulted in a total of 84,470 cases being made against errant motorists; of this total 22, 389 cases were for speeding. So far, two persons have lost their lives on the roads compared to 1 for the same period last year.

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