Road fatalities down by 21%

A recent accident.
A recent accident.
A recent accident.

[] –There has been a 21% decrease in the number of persons dying as a result of accidents on Guyana’s roadways.

Police released statistical data which showed that 112 road fatalities from 95 accidents have been recorded at the end of November 2015, in comparison to 130 fatalities from 121 accidents for the same period in 2014, a decrease of 21%.

Up to December 13, a total of four more persons have lost their lives from four fatal accidents. There have also been decreases in the serious and minor categories of road accidents and a 4% increase in damage accidents.

Police say “pedestrians has been the main category of road users affected so far in road fatalities with 40 such persons having lost their lives at the end of November 2015.”

Further, 11 pedal cyclists, 28 persons in motor vehicles, 15 motor cyclists, 14 drivers, three pillion riders and one person who was being towed on a bicycle also lost their lives.

Again, speeding was cited as the major contributory factor to fatal accidents, having been the cause of 43 of the 95 fatal accidents unto November 2015.  

Meanwhile, traffic enforcement by the police has resulted in a total of 50,715 cases for this year being made against errant motorists at the end of November 2015; of this total 21,576 cases were for speeding, 2,206 for driving under the influence of alcohol, 1,156 for using cell phone while driving and 2,046 for failing to wear seat belt.



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