Road deaths still lower than last year despite recent spike
Despite the recent spate of road fatalities, the figure up to yesterday is still lower than that for the corresponding period last year.
Figures released by the police Public Relations Department revealed that so far this year there have been 71 road fatalities.
These include the recent deaths of former Police Commissioner Henry Greene and a 10-year-old girl who lost their lives last Friday in a three-vehicle smash-up on the West Coast Demerara, and a motorcyclist who was killed yesterday on the Mahaicony Public Road.
They also include a number of hit-and-run accidents that occurred in August on the East Coast Demerara. The figure at the end of August showed an 18 per cent reduction in road fatalities in comparison to the same period last year, with 65 fatalities this year and 79 last year.
The year also continues to see reductions in relation to the other categories of traffic accidents – serious, minor and damage.
Pedestrians still account for the most deaths on the road, with 20 such persons having lost their lives on the roads by the end of August. Fifteen pedal cyclists and 14 drivers of motor vehicles have also lost their lives up to August this year.
Speeding continues to be a major contributing factor to fatal accidents, causing 44 of the 61 fatal accidents up to August 31.
According to the police, traffic enforcement has resulted in 44,712 cases being made against errant motorists by the end of August this year – of this total, 10,189 cases were for speeding.
A total of 683 cases of driving under the influence of alcohol have so far been recorded, while 717 persons have been charged for using a cellular phone while driving.
Private cars accounted for 29 fatal accidents so far, followed by motor lorries with 24; pedal cyclists, 15; and minibuses 13. Ironically, an ambulance has caused the death of one person so far this year.
Georgetown and the East Bank of Demerara with 24; East Coast Demerara 15 and West Demerara with 11, account for the most fatalities so far this year.
August was the deadliest month in terms of fatalities with 14, followed by July with 11 and February with 10.