[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Guyana Government on Wednesday (November 26), registered its concern with the rise in road deaths, largely involving pedestrians and says it is seriously considering legislative reforms, among other things, which could see the formulation of tougher penalties for errant drivers.
Speaking to the media this morning, Cabinet Secretary Dr. Roger Luncheon said the Executive’s deep concern was aroused when statistics in relation to the depressing situation was presented; showing that pedestrians were significantly more at risk.
Police stats at the end of October recorded a 33% increase in road fatalities with 113 deaths from 104 accidents.
The Force cited Pedestrians as the main road users affected with 50 such persons having lost their lives. In addition, 20 motor cyclists, 16 pedal cyclists, 11 drivers, 15 persons travelling in motor vehicles and one person being towed on a bicycle also lost their lives.
To this end, Dr. Luncheon said these stats reveal how dangerous Guyana’s roads have become, compared to previous years and other countries. He acknowledged that having more vehicles and new drivers on the roads along with traffic infractions are all contributing factors to the disheartening situation.
In this regard, the Cabinet Secretary says the government fully endorsed recommendations from a Cabinet Sub-Committee that was examining the phenomenon.
Among those recommendations are for legislative reform that will allow for easier prosecutions and defining of new offences; more sensitization which will result in making the roadways less hazardous and making policing more effective by increasing traffic ranks on the streets to ensure greater enforcement of existing laws.
The Cabinet Secretary said too that already the Ministry of Home Affairs has begun reform measures by adding to the list of ticket offenses, wrongdoings that previously never required a ticket being granted.
He also said that of concern is the high rate of non-payment of ticket fees.