[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Police Force has recorded 56 road fatalities from 45 accidents at the end of June 2015, in comparison to 57 fatalities from 52 accidents for the same period in 2014.
According to the Force, there are decreases in all other categories of road accidents – serious, minor and damage but pedestrians have been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 17 persons losing their lives at the end of June 2015.
Additionally, five pedal cyclists, 16 persons in motor vehicles, 8 motor cyclists, 8 drivers, 1 pillion rider and 1 person who was being towed on a bicycle losing their lives.
Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 22 of the 45 fatal accidents unto June2015. It was noted that traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 26,390 cases being made against errant motorists at the end of June 2015.
Of this total, 11,168 cases were for speeding, 770 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 328 for using cell phone while driving and 764 for failing to wear seat belt. To date there has been two road fatalities for July 2015.
“The Guyana Police Force is taking the opportunity to caution motorists who drive close behind other motor vehicles on the roadways [tailgating] and which has resulted in a number of accidents. Remember to apply the principle of thinking distance and braking distance – the faster the rate of speed, there is the need to be further away from the vehicle ahead. Motor cyclists and pillion riders are reminded to wear their safety helmets at all times,” the Police Force cautioned.
Parents and guardians are also reminded to be extra vigilant in ensuring that children use the roadways carefully and that they do not play near to or on the roadways, especially during this school holidays period.