The number of road traffic accidents in Guyana has declined by 26 percent in the first six months of this year as compared to the same period last year, according to Traffic Chief of the Guyana Police Force, Dion Moore.
Moore was quoted in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI,) as saying that the Force recorded 824 traffic accidents in the first six months in 2017 compared to the 1,120 that were recorded for the same period last year.
Giving a further breakdown, he said that, of the 824 traffic accidents recorded so far, for this year, 168 were serious, 240 were minor and 48 were fatal resulting in 51 deaths, of which one was a child. Of the 1,120 accidents recorded for the same period in 2016, 180 were serious, 295 were minor and 65 were fatal which resulted in 64 deaths, of which four were children, according to DPI.
Comparative Figures of Road Accidents from January 1 to July 10, 2016/2017
According to the DPI, the Traffic Chief attributed the reduction in the various categories to the Force’s several awareness campaigns and security steps which are running simultaneously with the National Road Safety Action Plan, 2017-2019.