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Aug 11, 2017

Fatalities Cut in Road Traffic Accidents on George Price Highway

Faith Cunningham

But how is Belize doing in terms of reducing the incidence of road traffic accidents and their causes? There are still far too many reported, with many fatalities. But according to the Belize Road Safety Project, incidents have continued on a path of reduction on the George Price Highway over the past four years with only one fatality reported in the first seven months of 2017. Monitoring and Evaluation officer Faith Cunningham says Belizeans still need to cut down their incidence of speeding on the roads and avoiding distractions including drinking and driving and texting and driving.

 

Faith Cunningham, Monitoring and Evaluation Officer, Belize Road Safety Project

“We have seen forty-five fatal accidents, with only one of those occurring in our demonstration corridor; which equates to roughly two percent of the fatalities.”

 

Reporter

“Could you compare that number to previous years?”

 

Faith Cunningham

“At the beginning of the project, we were at roughly fifty percent of the accidents occurring on the demonstration corridor, and over the past four years we have seen a drastic reduction where it had reduced to as you heard earlier, ten percent; so based on this year’s figures at halfway during the year, we are at two percent; if that trend continues, then it means that we would be at somewhere around four to five percent which is a great reduction in fatalities. Right now the main cause is speeding; we can see from the newscasts and regular usage of the road we see a lot of speeding on the road. Speeding and not utilizing the seatbelts; people on the motorcycles not utilizing their helmets; pedestrians not wearing bright clothes in the nighttime; cyclists, even, not wearing the bright clothes and the helmets. These things contribute to a loss of life.”

 

Cunningham notes that even those not driving should be buckled in as they would be susceptible to additional injury from ricocheting around the vehicle after initial impact.

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