Decrease in road fatalities recorded

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

[] – There has been a decrease by five road fatalities at the end of October 2013 in comparison to the same period in 2012 police say.

According to statistics released, there were 85 fatalities from 79 accidents in 2013 compared to 90 fatalities from 83 accidents during 2012.

The period January 1 to October 31, 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 29 such persons having lost their lives at the end of October 2013. In addition 14 motor cyclists, 12 pedal cyclists, 12 drivers of motor vehicles, 2 pillion riders and 16 passengers of motor vehicles also lost their lives.

The Police added that speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 55 of the 79 fatal accidents recorded at the end of October 2013.

Traffic enforcement by the police during the period January to October 2013 resulted in a total of 72,216 cases being made against errant motorists; of this total 18, 810 cases were for speeding.



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