Statistics from the Road Safety Council have revealed that there is an increase in road accidents resulting in deaths of adults and children in 2011 thus far, as compared to this particular time span in 2010.
According to Romona Doorgen, Coordinator, within the first seven months in 2010 there were 62 accidents resulting in the deaths of 59 adults and four children. While for this year, so far, there were 65 accidents and 71 fatalities, including five children.
Statistics show that in 2009, 18 children died as a result of vehicular accidents; seven children died in 2010.
For the first quarter of this year, only one child died in a vehicular accident, in 2009 the figure was four, and two in 2010.
Doorgen noted that the Council has a ten-year period with statistics showing pedestrians are the most vulnerable on the roadways.
Recently, most reports of the accidents involving pedestrians indicate that they were at the corner of the road when hit by a speeding vehicle, she added.
Doorgen stressed that most of these accidents occur when drivers are under the influence of alcohol and are speeding. Under these circumstances it is easy for drivers to lose control of their vehicles.
Within recent months, two cousins, Alika Samuels and Shaka Anthony, were killed in an accident at One Mile, Wismar, Linden. Kishrie Persaud was killed by a hit-and-run driver; nine-year-old Jaswattie Ramnauth was killed by a speeding vehicle; and several passengers of a speeding minibus were killed in an accident on Homestretch Avenue, she stated.
It was noted that errant drivers are brought before the court and prosecuted. She emphasized that there are several cases ongoing. The minibus driver involved in the Homestretch Avenue accident has been remanded to prison and is scheduled to reappear in court September 9.
The driver involved in the accident which claimed the life of nine-year-old Jaswattie Ramnauth and severely injured her brother, Vijai Ramnauth, has been charged and the matter is ongoing in court.
However, there are those unfortunate hit and run accidents that result in injustice being meted out to victims of accidents.
Doorgen noted that the Council wants Guyanese to volunteer as members of the Road Safety Council. She emphasized that eradicating road accident particularly those resulting in fatalities is the aim of the Council.
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