Citizens need to help promote road safety – Traffic Chief
Saturday’s accident has taken the road fatality figure to a total of 104 compared to 101 for the same period last year. Traffic Chief Neil Semple said that this latest accident has created a dent in the traffic department’s statistics.
“It’s sad that these persons have lost their lives but it is as a result of a callous driver. If you look at the extent of the damage to the minibus it would tell you that the driver was speeding,” Semple said.
He said that despite his traffic department’s efforts in promoting road safety, Saturday’s accident shows that commuters and the owners of public transportation need to play their part.
“The owners of public transportation should not only focus on their daily income but they need to also focus on what their drivers are doing on the roads with their minibuses and cars.”
He added that it is also indeed sad that grown ups would sit so passively in public transportation as drivers do all sorts of lawlessness on the roadways.
“Commuters need to speak out when they see the drivers overtaking recklessly and going way over the speed limit. They need to report these to us instead of waiting for that same driver to claim a few lives,” Semple added.
The Traffic Chief said that there are a few brave persons who would report such incidents but the majority would rather say nothing. He reiterated his call for the members of the public to promote road safety.
The Traffic Chief is optimistic that at the rate the figures seem to be climbing, the road fatalities will not grow significantly by year-end.
He pointed out that for most months in the year the nation recorded single figures with March month recording only three fatalities and May recording the most with 17 deaths.
Notwithstanding, Semple said his department will continue in the effort to promote road safety.