The main opposition coalition A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) is expressing its condolences to the relatives and friends of all those who died on our country’s roadways over the holiday season.
Calling attention to the alarming rise in road fatalities and the increasing incidents of dangerous driving on the nation’s roads, Leader of the Opposition, Brigadier David Granger noted “I feel that these road accidents can be brought to an end…..We are not talking about blame and fault, but about the government having a duty to protect its citizens.”
He called on the ruling People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Administration to immediately take decisive action to ensure that the Guyana Police Force has the necessary manpower and equipment, (radar guns, breathalyzer kits, vehicles, etc), to effectively enforce the law on our nation’s roads.
Brigadier Granger is also calling on the Guyana Police Force to ensure that there are more patrols by day and by night, “there needs to be more attention paid to looking after our citizens…everybody must be protected.”
APNU, in a press release, reiterated its call for stricter methods of enforcement and safer road. Far too many Guyanese have lost their lives on the poorly lit and inadequately patrolled coastal highways. Speeding and drunk driving continues to be the major cause of all fatal accidents in Guyana.
Road accidents are a grave human safety problem, the release stated. The Ministry of Health’s National Rehabilitation Services Strategy 2009-2013 revealed that road accidents were among the top 10 leading causes of death and account for the greatest number of disabilities. It is estimated that there are twelve road fatalities in Guyana every month.
Thousands more have suffered injuries or lost limbs as a result of traffic accidents. It is estimated that the cost of medical care of accident victims exceeds more than $100M per year at the Georgetown Public Hospital Corporation alone. The loss of productivity, loss of earnings of the victims and premature funeral expenses resulting from accidents cost Guyana many more millions annually.
“APNU calls attention to the fact that despite the deadly carnage on our nation’s roadways, there has been no public response from President Donald Ramotar or the Minister responsible for Public Security.”
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