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Road Safety Month Starts With Accidents Over The Past Weekend Claiming Total Of 14 Lives

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This past weekend proved to be one of the deadliest on our roadways in recent years and the authorities are once again looking at ways to get drivers and other road users to be a whole lot more cautious on the roadways. Friday, 12 persons lost their lives in a horrific accident at Corentyne. Speeding is being blamed for the smash up between a truck and a minibus. Sunday morning claimed a life on the east bank when a motorcyclist slammed into a power pole on his way home after a night of partying. By late Sunday night another life was lost on the east bank when a motorist lost control of his car and ran off the road.

The 3 fatal accidents in as many days have triggered calls for there to be more care and caution on the roads. But that may be easier said than done. Today marked the beginning of road safety month and the figures of road deaths tell a horrifying story. 103 persons have died on our roads over the past year, it’s an alarming figure that has the road safety council and the government fastening their seat belts.

The majority of persons who have died on the roads are below the age of 40. The lost of the valuable human resources remains worrying for those in charge of road safety. Several laws have been put in place to deal with persons who misuse the road; however this has not decreased the number of accidents. The Ministry of Home Affairs and the National Road Safety Council want the public to know that road safety should always be priority.

There have been several campaigns to educate persons about the safe use of the roads. Those campaigns may not have been enough.

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