The Guyana Police Force is reporting an increase in road fatalities for 2013. The Force says there has been an increase of two road fatalities at the end of August 2013 when compared to the same period in 2012.
From January 1 to the end of August 2013, 67 persons died from 64 accidents, while in 2012, 65 persons died from 61 accidents.
Meanwhile, the period January 1st to August 31st, 2013, saw reductions in relation to the other categories of traffic accidents – serious, minor and damage.
So far, pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 24 such persons having lost their lives at the end of August 2013. In addition, 11 motor cyclists, 10 pedal cyclists, 8 drivers of motor vehicles, 2 pillion riders and 12 passengers of motor vehicles all lost their lives.
According to the police, speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 48 of the 64 fatal accidents recorded at the end of August 2013.
Traffic enforcement by the police during the period January to August 2013 resulted in a total of 57, 372 cases being made against errant motorists; of this total 14, 824 cases were for speeding.