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New efforts underway to promote safety on the roadways – 12th Jun 2013

shot0001Road Traffic accidents have been identified as one of the top ten causes of deaths in Guyana, while it is the number one cause of deaths of persons between age 5 to 14, and also it is  the number two cause of death among persons age 15 to 24.

These startling revelations were made today when the National Road Safety Council launched its Road Safety Strategy for the next seven years.

The plan which was developed in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization and other stakeholders is aimed at enhancing road safety initiatives and programmes, in a quest to reduce the carnage on the roads.

The Caribbean Development Bank has been one of the key funding organizations in the development of the Road Safety Strategy.

Its representative Ashby Williams said the launching today of the document demonstrates the National Road Safety Council’s commitment to contribute to further reducing the number and impact of road accidents during the decade of Road safety.

The council has been mandated to strengthen road safety systems, management and enforcement at the national and regional levels in the country.

The strategy document also pointed out that most fatalities for the period of 2001-2010 were pedestrians, pedal cyclist and motor cyclists.  In 2012 pedestrians topped the list with over 35 recorded deaths.

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