Traffic laws to regulate alcohol limit for drivers enforced
The campaign was also launched in Belmopan this morning. Representatives of the Ministry of Finance and Economic Development, as well as the Social Investment Fund, through the Belize Municipal Development Project, gathered at the Sir George Brown Field for the event. Also present were a number of primary and secondary schools. The issue of road safety has moved to the forefront since the impact of traffic fatalities is reflected in a country’s economic development. In Belize, while there are traffic laws to regulate alcohol limit for drivers, they have not been fully enforced until now with the introduction of breathalyzer equipment.
Joel Westby, Deputy Mayor, Belmopan
“Drunk driving is a killer. As recent as March of this year, the lives of three persons were snuffed out in an apparent drunk driving incident. We need to encourage everyone to think before you even get behind the wheel if you are under the influence of alcohol. As the jingle states which we will be hearing in a little while, “been drinking all night? Feeling so high? Don’t drive. Better not drive!” While the launch of this campaign is timed to coincide with the Easter holidays the campaign will continue long after the holidays. Our national transport officers, police officers and municipal traffic officers are being equipped with new equipment to detect impaired drivers and when they are caught they will face serious consequences. We implore everyone to see drinking and driving as a key road safety issue and to encourage family, friends and community members to take a stand against it. Road safety is a shared responsibility. Achieving lasting change in road safety will require government, industry and the broader community to work together.”