[www.inewsguyana.com] – Close to 99 percent of over 3,100 traffic violators are facing prosecution by the Guyana Police Force Traffic Department after violations were caught on CCTV cameras, Minister of Public Security, Khemraj Ramjattan has revealed.
Addressing the launch of road safety month at the Arthur Chung Convention Centre at Liliendaal on November 4, 2015, Minister Ramjattan assured that the ministry has been doing its best to ensure there is a reduction of these violations.
He revealed that the Ministry early this year, commenced a new development, whereby the CCTV cameras around the City are being used to catch those committing traffic crimes.
According to Minister Ramjattan, to date, these cameras have captured over 3,100 offences. He said that almost 99 percent of these violators have pleaded guilty and are in the courts.
“They are pleading guilty because they cannot get away from the fact that it is them on the cameras,” he said.
Road fatalities however, remain high, the Minister noted, pointing out that this is because the CCTVs are just in some streets in Georgetown. He noted however that the ministry, as part of its longer term effort, will be putting in place CCTV cameras in all the city streets.
During his short speech, the Minister also lauded the effort of the National Road Safety Council for pushing the agenda of road safety in Guyana. He however noted that whilst the NRSC will do its parts with support from central government, road safety is everyone’s responsibility.
He pointed out that to a large extent the damage and the destruction that are caused by road accidents are as a result of that deficiency in individual responsibility. [Extracted and modified from GINA]