Two men in their late 20s have been killed in less than 12 hours, involving two separate road accidents.
The first accident occurred at 22:20hrs on Saturday on Ann’s Grove Public Road, East Coast Demerara (ECD), which resulted in the death of John Forde, 27, of 17 Supply, Mahaica, ECD.
Reports are that the deceased, who was the driver and lone occupant of motorcar PLL 7886, was proceeding east when he lost control and ended up into a southern canal.
Forde was rushed to the Georgetown Public Hospital by public-spirited citizens where a doctor pronounced him dead.
The second fatal accident occurred at about 03:30hrs yesterday on the Belle Vue Public Road, West Bank Demerara.
That accident claimed the life of Dominic King, 27, of Lot 33 Vive-La-Force, WBD.
Police investigations thus far have revealed that King was riding motorcycle CH 1556 in a southerly direction when he lost control and collided with a utility pole.
He was rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital by public-spirited citizens, where he was pronounced dead.
Investigations into both accidents are continuing.
Only Friday last a 19-year-old Essequibian crashed to his death on Three Friends Public Road, Essequibo Coast.
That accident resulted in the death of Chandi Dyal, of “H” Lima, Essequibo Coast.
Last week the Guyana Police Force announced that there was an increase in road fatalities by some 16 per cent compared to the corresponding period last year.
According to statistics released by the GPF, at the end of July 2016 there were 72 road fatalities, compared to 59 for the same period last year.
The Force said that while there was a reduction in serious accidents, there has been an increase in minor accidents.
It said 41,497 persons were charged with traffic offences thus far for the year, including 15,427 for speeding and 1035 for driving under the influence of alcohol.
Traffic enforcement is continuous countrywide, with special emphasis placed on driving under the influence, speeding, and the use of mobile devices while driving.
Attention is also placed on pedestrian crossings at schools and elsewhere where there is a high percentage of foot traffic during peak hours.
The Force was happy to announce that the traffic department has registered an influx of newly trained certifying officers, who will assist in reducing traffic offences on our streets and roadways.