The Guyana Police Force in an apparent move to ensure that road fatalities are reduced this year is contemplating a major shake-up of its Traffic Department. This newspaper understands that the force will make use of the recent promotions of senior officers to effect significant change in the department.
Reliable sources have informed that the shake-up will see a new Traffic Chief in the person of Senior Superintendent Ian Amsterdam who will replace incumbent, Superintendent Hugh Denhert.
Amsterdam is presently serving as the Divisional Commander in the police’s West Demerara Division.
According to one source, apart from strengthening and revamping the top of the Traffic Department, Amsterdam’s move is seen as facilitating the expected appointment of newly- promoted Assistant Commissioner Marlon Chapman as his replacement in the West Demerara Division.
Denhert, who has been at the helm of the Traffic Department for almost two years, oversaw two extremes of the traffic situation in Guyana. He saw a marked reduction of fatal accidents in 2013 but then witnessed a drastic increase last year when Guyana experienced one of the highest road fatality situations in recent years.
Last year there were 146 road deaths, 34 more than the previous year.
Meanwhile, the force has already begun to implement strategies to address the traffic situation.
One of the measures is the publicising of Road Safety Tips for the safe use of the roads by pedestrians.
(a) When walking on the road use the sidewalk, avenue and pavement when provided.
(b) Always walk on the right hand side of the road where there are no pavements, avenues or foot paths.
(c) When crossing the road, always remember to do the kerb drill – Look right, Look left, Look right again, and if clear walk briskly across.
(d) Never cross the road in an angle. It takes longer to get across.
(e) Do not play on or by the side of the road. Find a safe place such as a yard, compound or playfield.
During enforcement operations aimed at road safety over the past week, the Police Traffic Department has stepped up its campaign against traffic offenders, making a number of cases against motorists for breaching the traffic laws. These include 249 cases for Speeding; 31 for Driving Under the Influence; 29 for Breach of Condition of Road Service Licence; five for Careless Driving; 12 for Dangerous Driving and 10 for failing to wear a safety helmet. There were seven cases of failing to wear a seat belt, and five for prohibition of the use of handheld mobile phone.
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