56 road deaths recorded at end of June

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[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.

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  1. This is SHOCKING news! This is HORRIBLE news! This is very SAD news! So many Guyanese loosing their lives on our roads in this the United Nations Decade for Road Safety. There must be much more Law Enforcement on our Roads. STOP the bloody corruption where drivers have a $1,000 bill in their drivers Licence and when stopped by those corrupt cops and asked for their documents, they present it, and the ROGUE COP takes the money and let the errant driver go. Then there was the DISRESPECTFUL driver who after being fined $25,000 in a traffic case, told the Magistrate that he will never return to court for any traffic offence. When the magistrate congratulated him, he casually told her that in future when a Trafffic Cop stops him, he will give him a $5,000 and so he won’t have to waste his time coming to court and he will also save $20,000! Imagine!

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