National Road Safety Action Plan to outline responsibilities of stakeholders

GUYANA, GINA, Tuesday, May 2, 2017

The National Road Safety Action Plan, 2017-2019 which is scheduled to be launched tomorrow, is expected to outline the roles and responsibilities of every stakeholder. The Plan will complement the National Road Safety Strategy, 2013-2020, and will help Guyana to meet the Decade of Action for Road Safety, 2011-2020 plan to reach 50 percent death reduction by 2020.

Ramona Doorgen- Coordinator of the Guyana National Road Safety Council

This was disclosed by Coordinator of the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC), Ramona Doorgen during an interview with the Government Information Agency (GINA). According to Doorgen, before the action plan could be launched, stakeholders had to give their commitment.

“They now have signed the commitment form saying that they are going to take up their commitment, and their role and responsibility for road safety in our country, and that is the main purpose of this plan, having all the key players recognising what is their role, what is their responsibility and working together to implement it,” the coordinator explained.

Some of the stakeholders include the Ministries of Public Security, Education, Public Health, Public Infrastructure and Communities, and the National Bureau of Standards and the Guyana Revenue Authority.

Doorgen pointed out that the Action Plan will also provide training for stakeholders which include the media. She stated that, “the road safety council is insisting in having the media trained properly; delivery when it comes to road safety in any way, in any area, knowing how to handle (it), because you sometimes are the first at the scene of an accident and it might be gruesome, you need training in all those areas. We are going to continue to train our police officers in every area.”

After the Plan’s launch, Doorgen said that the public can look forward to more awareness operations along with increased ‘White Knight campaigns’.

The Action plan will be launched tomorrow at the Pegasus Hotel at 10:00 hours. Vice President and Minster of Public Security Khemraj Ramjattan and Traffic Chief Dion Moore are expected to be present along with other key stakeholders.

 

By: Isaiah Braithwaite

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