No increase in fatal accidents; over 2,700 traffic cases made last week

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For the first time since September last year, the Guyana Police Force (GPF) Traffic Department is reporting no increase in fatal accidents, when compared to the same period last year.

At this time last year, the department recorded a total of 10 fatal accidents resulting in 13 deaths.

This figure stands at the same as of Monday.

But despite this, there continue to be breaches in various traffic offences.

According to statistics provided by the Traffic Department, a total of 2,734 traffic cases were made between the period February 04 to 10.

Out of the cases, 539 persons were charged, 1,765 tickets were issued, 430 summons were dispatched and 13 warrants were executed.

Traffic ranks at a road block (Photo: GPF/February 12, 2024)

Police Division, Region 4B which spans from Eccles to the Linden-Soesdyke highway, saw 571 cases, the highest out of the 12 policing divisions.

The division with the second highest cases was Region 4C followed by Region Six with 435 cases.

Monday, Thursday and Friday were the days which saw the highest number of cases daily.

While, speeding continues to be the major cause of accidents, the traffic department said. Another contributing factor is driving under the influence.

“Speeding tickets issued amounted to 630.

“29 DUI (driving under the influence) cases were made for the period with Region 3 recording 14 and Region 4C 11 of this amount,” the Police Force said.

Police ranks engaging minibus operators and other citizens (Photo: GPF/February 12, 2024)

In an effort to promote the safe usage of the roadways with the aim of reducing road accident, the traffic department has been engaged in a series of sensitization programmes with various stakeholders.

At the same time, they are encouraging all road users to comply with the rules of the road and to observe the five Cs- Care, Caution, Consideration, Courtesy and Common sense.

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