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Aug 10, 2017

A Speed Bump for Crooked Tree Junction Could Save Lives

On Monday you heard about the fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of twenty-year-old Alma Flowers on the Philip Goldson Highway at the entrance to Crooked Tree Village. She got off a bus and was crossing the street when she was knocked down and killed by Belmopan resident, Leonel Del Valle. Today, villagers say that they don’t want any further loss of life. They came out bearing placards to send a message to authorities, saying a pedestrian crossing can reduce accidents. News Five’s Andrea Polanco was in Crooked Tree today and has more.

 

Andrea Polanco, Reporting

Crooked Tree villagers say they want something to be done to curb the number of accidents that happen here at the entrance of the village. Today more than sixty residents gathered to stage a small demonstration with placards sending messages of what they want – they say this is a serious issue that affects everyone in the community.

 

Dana Perriott

Dana Perriott, Organizer

“We all have children in Crooked Tree. For some of them, it is going to be their first going on a public transportation to and from school. And as a mother and parent, I am concerned about the safety of my child or my children.”

 

Gloria Budd, Resident, Crooked Tree Village

“I am out here supporting the family because I am a mother and a grandmother. Traffic accidents have been happening over and over at this spot. We have been calling and asking for a bump or something to be done out here and nothing so far. I see accidents. I said it will happen. Sometimes I am sitting right over there waiting for the bus and these vehicles don’t have no mercy ma’am.  The bus would stop and you know the other bus would just fly pass right here while they are taking out the children. So, it could happen to one of mine and even me as an adult. Right now, I have a problem with my hip and I cannot walk properly and we have to try run race fi get because they just fly and I don’t know what to say is wrong with these people.”

 

The residents are calling for something to be done to get drivers to slow down on this stretch of the road – particularly when passing here at the entrance to the village. It is an area that where busses stop frequently and passengers get on and off– so they say perhaps a speed bump or pedestrian walk will help reduce the risk to commuters.

 

Dana Perriott

“I believe that a speed bump or pedestrian walk will be very important. We have lost six people here at this junction and it is way over due.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“By when would you guys like to see a solution to this problem?”

 

Dana Perriott

“As soon as possible.”

 

Gloria Budd

Andrea Polanco

“You think if we don’t find a solution to this, we will see more lives lost?”

 

Gloria Budd

“Definitely it will happen, ma’am. Definitely.”

 

This small movement today is spurred by the most recent fatal traffic accident that claimed the life of Alma Flowers; but over the last couple years, this area has seen numerous traffic accidents and a total of six lives lost including four villagers. But Alma’s death has galvanized the community to demand for help now.

 

Alma Flowers

Dana Perriott

“Alma was my god-daughter and she was a very pleasant young lady. She was planning to be a teacher and she was very positive to the community.”

 

Gloria Budd

“It is very hurtful. You know, when you have your kids like that – they are so grown. That little girl is very smart and talented. She had her plan set ahead of her and to know her life just turn out just like that.”

 

Throwing his support behind the initiative is Chairman John Gillett. Through the village council, he has been in touch with the Ministry of Works and Area Rep Edmond Castro.

 

John Gillett

John Gillett, Chairman, Crooked Tree Village

“Both of them promised to look into this on an urgent basis, of course this is without any deadline. What we really want the objective to be is that we minimize the risks of any further accident at this junction.”

 

Andrea Polanco

“I see one of the things they are asking for here is a speed bump; do you think that is gonna make any difference?”

 

John Gillett

“Yes, a speed bump would make a difference. I know that it has its pros and cons. We have seen …which the villagers so demand.”

 

Reporting for News Five, I’m Andrea Polanco.

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7 Responses for “A Speed Bump for Crooked Tree Junction Could Save Lives”

  1. asdfgh says:

    Ok, now there goes the speed bumps to punish Tom Dick & Harry, but the oligarchs selling driver`s license will not stop selling driver`s license.
    I ONLY HOPE THAT THE LOVED ONES OF THE PEOPLE SELLING DRIVER`S LICENSE BE THE NEXT VICTIM .

  2. Kriol Chicken says:

    There is absolutely NO REASON to NOT put a speed bump there. That is a very fast stretch of highway and it would be wise to slow people down at that busy intersection. It is always a gamble when pulling your car onto the highway from the causeway.

  3. antonio says:

    It is very sad when a life is lost on that junction. But what is needed is to widen that section of the highway so buses can park outside the highway. That place is very remote and dark therefore attractive to criminals who find ways to assault people on the highways which also is very dangerous. We need some of those cements like the ones reaching jaguar paw or the ones we have reaching hattieville. Please consider drivers also that’s why pedestrian ramps ate a bit dangerous. That pedestrian ramp going from hattieville prison entering hattieville is an example. Some people have been robbed and even murdered there.

  4. Belizean says:

    No need for speed bumps, just have the buses pull into the area with the waiting hut. That way no one has to cross the road.

  5. horrified says:

    BUMP could save lives..(tell me another joke)… Paying attention saves way more lives than any bump ever could (FREE). Bus drivers making sure their passengers are safe would save lives (FREE of charge).. People looking both ways would save lives (FREE)….. BUMPS cost money, it cost when every car has to slow down, it cost when every car has to speed up again, it cost to build the bump.

    I suggest doing an awareness program. Give people the education to save their own lives.

  6. BZEAN says:

    Belizeans should first get educated on crossing the roads. I know, it is sad that someone lost their life. But speedbumps will not help the lack of education and common sense that many of us have while crossing a small single lane highway. There is no other country that has more speedbumps on a mani highway than Belize… we take the prize for more speedbumps per mile of highway.

    Let us not be run by our emotions and try thinking with some common sense. We must learn to protect ourselves first.

  7. asdfgh says:

    WE BEG, WE IMPLORE, PLEASE AUDITOR GENERAL PLEASE TAKE A LOOK AT THE TRAFFIC & TRANSPORT DEPT.
    FAR TOO MANY GUATEMALANS DRIVING TOO CRAZY WITHOUT CONSIDERATIONS TO TRAFFIC, AND… AND WHERE THEY GET DRIVER`S LICENSE IN ONE DAY ?
    THIS REALLY GET`S ME SO SAD BECAUSE I REMEMBER THAT I WAS TOLD THAT “THE BEST IS YET TO COME”. AND I WENT THERE SO FULL OF HOPES AND HIGH EXPECTATIONS,JUST TO SEE NOW MY COUNTRY IN THE HANDS OF GUATEMALANS !!!I I FEEL SO SAD THAT WANT TO SHIT MY PANTS.

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