By Jomo Paul
[www.inewsguyana.com] – The Government of Guyana is moving towards the implementation of a three-point plan that aims to alleviate the amount and severity of road carnages on Guyana’s roadways.
The plan, adumbrated by President David Granger at the launch of Road Safety Month 2015, will see the adoption of a slew of enhanced policies and police officers doing more to prevent road deaths.
The plan, detailed by Granger, will see the police moving towards stricter enforcement of traffic laws in a ‘vigorous’ manner.
“The even handed enforcement of traffic laws will help promote safety on our roads. We need the police to ensure that speeding is reduced,” said the President.
In this regard, Government has registered the need for the Guyana Police Force to be more equipped in the discharge of its remit, with the President advocating for more speed guns and more CCTV cameras at strategic locations throughout the city.
Also on the Government’s agenda is the move to prohibit the sale of alcoholic substances at minibus parks where they are centrally accessible to minibus and other public transportation operators.
The President reasoned that if alcohol were less accessible, persons would be less inclined to imbibe. He also spoke about the need to have public transportation drivers undergo more scrutiny to obtain licenses and greater education on traffic laws and regulations.
Granger noted that with the adoption of these policies, Guyana would have safer roadways.
“Guyana has the worst rating for road deaths in the English speaking Caribbean,” the President said noting that road deaths in Guyana are responsible for the most amount of disabilities.
Meanwhile, Vice President Khemraj Ramjattan noted that the Government has already begun using CCTV feeds to capture errant drivers. He stated that clips are taken from the recordings and sent to the Police for the necessary steps to be taken.