26 percent decrease in road accidents

DPI, GUYANA, Wednesday, July 12, 2017

The number of road traffic accidents in Guyana has declined by 26 percent in the first six months of this year as compared to the same period last year, according to Traffic Chief of the Guyana Police Force, Dion Moore.

Moore, in an interview with the Department of Public Information (DPI,) said that the Force recorded 824 traffic accidents in the first six months in 2017 compared to the 1,120 that were recorded for the same period last year.

He said that, of the 824 traffic accidents recorded so far, for this year, 168 were serious, 240 were minor and 48 were fatal resulting in 51 deaths, of which one was a child. Of the 1,120 accidents recorded for the same period in 2016, 180 were serious, 295 were minor and 65 were fatal which resulted in 64 deaths, of which four were children.

Comparative Figures of Road Accidents from January 1 to July 10, 2016/2017 

Categories 2016 2017 Percent
Fatal Accident 64 48 25
Deaths 68 51 25
Children 04 01 75
Serious Accidents 180 168 07
Minor Accidents 295 240 19
Damage Accidents 581 360 34
TOTAL 1,120 824 26

The Traffic Chief attributed the reduction in the various categories to the Force’s several awareness campaigns and security steps which are running simultaneously with the National Road Safety Action Plan, 2017-2019.

Moore explained that there is “the daily road safety talks on the radio still ongoing.” “We also have the Law Enforcement and You on NCN (National Communication Network) which traffic plays a major part,” he added.

The National Road Safety Plan 2017-2017 was launched on May,03, 2017, it aims to assist Guyana to meet the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020 plan to reach 50 percent death reduction by 2020.

 

By: Gabreila Patram

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