Police record decrease in road fatalities

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accident[www.inewsguyana.com] – According to statistics released by the Guyana Police Force  there has been a decrease of seven road fatalities at the end of September 2013 when compared to the same period in 2012.

There were 75 fatalities from 72 accidents in 2013 compared to 82 fatalities from 71 accidents during 2012. The period January 1 to September 30, 2013, saw reductions in relation to the other categories of traffic accidents – serious, minor and damage.

The statistics show that pedestrians have been the main road users affected with 27 such persons having lost their lives at the end of September 2013. In addition 12 motor cyclists, 11 pedal cyclists, 10 drivers of motor vehicles, 2 pillion riders and 13 passengers of motor vehicles also lost their lives.

The police notes however that speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents and was the cause of 52 of the 72 fatal accidents recorded at the end of September 2013.

Traffic enforcement by the police during the period January to September 2013 resulted in a total of 65, 527 cases being made against errant motorists; of this total 16, 586 cases were for speeding.

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