Seventeen people were killed in Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne) in 2019, the same as was recorded for the previous year.Dead: Dominic Tyler SulkerOf the 17, seven were pedestrians including two children, six motorcyclists, two drivers, one occupant of a motor vehicle and one pedal cyclist being a child.In addition, the traffic department recorded 39 serious accidents for 2019 when compared to 41 in the previous year. There were also 52 damage accidents compared to 65 in 2018.Dead: Kevin SinclairIn all, there was a total of 178 accidents compared to 197 the previous year.“We have noticed that over the weekend period is our trouble period and from Friday evenings into Monday mornings. So, it is the entire weekend and then on holidays,” Commander Brutus revealed.He further stated that most of the accidents occurred between 18:00h and midnight.Dead: Gurdatt Hemraj“In terms of the factors for the causes of accidents, speeding tops the list, driving under the influence (DUI). Sometimes you have speeding and DUI – they go hand in hand. Inattentiveness by the use of the cell phone while driving is also one of the factors which lead to accidents,” the Commander said while noting that the failure to observe the rules of the road is also a factor.Hazards on the road such as derelict vehicles, vehicles parked dangerously and other objects left on the road shoulders that should not be there have contributed to most of the road accidents.One of the accident scenes of 2019“When we look at the offices that we target to curb fatal accidents, in general, is speeding.”However, 1923 cases were made out against errant drivers. Forty-nine cases were for driving under the influence; 17 persons were charged for dangerous driving, 323 for failing to wear seat belts and 58 for failing to wear safety helmets. In all, a total of 5861 are before the court for general traffic offences.“As road users, we need to pay attention to the rules of the road. There are published speed limits on the road and this is based on engineers that had the speed limits fixed to that rate because of the general circumstances surrounding the conditions of the road, the housing and the communities around and the width of the road. All those factors are used to determine the speed limit of a certain area,” the Commander added.He also stated that drivers also need to consider other road users.“You should always anticipate that the other person will make the mistake, [hone] your driving to prevent an accident rather than going fast unnecessarily. You also need to cater for animals on our roads. Of course, from time to time we will have the stray catchers impounding the animals but then they are still instances where animals are on the road.”He noted that in Region Six and more particularly on the Corentyne, drivers need to consider rice harvesting and the wetness on the roadway in most instances.Nevertheless, he added that every life that is lost on the roadway is one too many.
The recently published reports by the RSA and Garda Siochana on road fatalities have highlighted drink driving as one of the main factors in the increase in road deaths. An Garda Siochana and the RSA will commence drink driving enforcement and increased education initiatives in July and August with the aim of targeting this behaviour on our roads.Since June 1st 2015 to date 184 people have lost their lives on our roads. July and August are high risk months when driving on our roads, with a lot more traffic as people drive long distances for holidays and to visit family and friends. Gardaí have said that motorists can expect to see more checkpoints, breath testing and arrests for drink driving over the coming months. Drink driving detections in Donegal have increased, with one motorist being detected over the legal limit every day on average.Drink driving has again become a major challenge and motorists do not seem to be getting the message that it is wrong and they have reverted back to the old ways and drink driving is becoming too common.Drink driving is no longer socially acceptable and is a serious offence that can be tackled with the support of the community. The Gardaí have urged people who see someone who have been drinking getting behind the wheel to drive a vehicle, to report it immediately to them. It is important that everyone takes personal responsibility and not sit back and make the easy decision to look the other way.Brian O’Donnell, Road Safety Officer said Donegal has featured in recent reports for the wrong reasons. “Donegal has a lot to offer with groups and individuals actively promoting Donegal as a Tourism destination and trying to attract visitors to our County, but it is unfortunate that the image of Donegal being portrayed is that of our roads being unsafe.“Too many families and communities have lost loved ones in road traffic collisions and for others involved in collisions they have had to cope with life changing injuries. Road traffic collisions are unexpected but avoidable and are traumatic events occurring in a split second but with consequences that last a lifetime. Too often motorists take a risk and make the wrong decision. Is that risk worth a life”.With the Donegal Senior team and Minor team playing in their respective Ulster Finals on Sunday the number of people travelling will increase considerably.The main messages for the busy period ahead on our roads are very clear – never ever drive after consuming alcohol or drugs or travel in a car driven by someone who has consumed alcohol or drugs, always obey the speed limits, reduce speed in inclement weather conditions and allow plenty of time to arrive safely at your destination, always wear your seatbelt, never use a mobile phone while driving and beware of driver fatigue.To date in 2016, 89 people have been killed on the roads – 9 more than the same period in 2015. COUNCIL ISSUES ROAD SAFETY WARNING AHEAD OF DEADLIEST DRIVING PERIOD was last modified: July 13th, 2016 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Campaigndonegaldrink driving