Traffic Department ups ante against reckless road users

The Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force is clamping down on road users who violate the traffic laws by intensifying its campaign to make Guyana’s roadways much safer.

According to a statement from the police force, the country wide enforcement campaign continues with special emphasis on driving under the influence of alcohol, speeding, music, breach of road service license, failure to wear a helmet, use of cellular phones and the use of vehicles not licensed to operate.

Five months into 2017 and there has been a number of road accidents caused by careless road practices, resulting in fatalities.

According to statistics released by the police, from January 1, 2017 to April 30, 2017 the department recorded a total of 43 fatal accidents.

These figures represents a nineteen (19%) percent decrease in fatal accidents, fourteen percent (14%) decrease in deaths and sixty seven percent (67%) decrease in accidents involving children.

Death by accident was also recorded at 44 in 2016 and 38 in 2017; this figure represents a fourteen percent (14%) decrease.

For the same period there were three recorded deaths in 2016 one in 2017 which showed a sixty seven percent (67%) decrease.

In 2017, 77 serious accidents were recorded while 88 minor accidents were reported for the year.

Damage accidents were recorded at one hundred and thirty five (135) for 2016 and one hundred and four (104) for 2017 which represented a twenty three percent (23%) decrease.

Meanwhile, robbery under arms for ‘A’ to ‘G’ Divisions from the period January 1 to April 30, 2017 recorded a total of 308 offences in 2016 and 313 for the same period in 2017. This figure represents a five percent increase (5%).

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