81 dead in road accidents thus far; speeding major cause – Police

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The mangled minibus after the accident. [Kaieteur News' Photo]

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[www.inewsguyana.com] – Police have released statistics relating to road accidents in Guyana for 2015 which indicate that thus far some 81 persons have died as direct result of accidents.

According to the police, at the end of August 2015, 80 road fatalities from 66 accidents have been recorded, with one so far recorded for the month of September 2015.

When compared to 2014, the numbers represent a 10% increase with 89 fatalities from 83 road accidents. There have been decreases in all other categories of road accidents – serious, minor and damage.

Speeding has been the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 31 of the 66 fatal accidents unto August 2015, police stated. It was also noted that pedestrians has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 28 such persons having lost their lives at the end of August 2015.

In addition 6 pedal cyclists, 21 persons in motor vehicles, 11 motor cyclists, 10 drivers, 3 pillion riders and 1 person who was being towed on a bicycle also lost their lives.

Meanwhile, traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 37,545 cases for this year being made against errant motorists at the end of August 2015; of this total 15,640 cases were for speeding, 1,251 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 398 for using cell phone while driving and 1,034 for failing to wear seat belt.

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  1. Agree with you guys. The time should match the crime this is ridiculous. . The results of greed corruption and nepotism. What about revocation of licences.

  2. Well said bro …I add to that band for life after 2 speeding violation … But yet again these boys got big big contact .. Some a dem boys can’t be touch..one phone call and d police got to loose dem .. Plus some of dem driving d police taxi. And mini bus on the road.. I hear some police got 4-5 cars like wise mini bus on d road ..the drivers operate for them on a contractual agreement ..

  3. Since speeding is the major reason for Road Crashes and Deaths, then the punishemnt should be severe – two years in prison without a crash – five years in prison if there is a crash – twenty years in prison if there is a crash resulting in one death and FIVE years added for every other death in that crash.

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