Dominica records decline in road accidents & fatalities

by: Dominica Vibes News - January 14, 2015
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Accident in Pottersville claimed the life of Priscilla Robinson on December 7th 2014

An accident in Pottersville claimed the life of Priscilla Robinson on 7 December 2014

The Traffic Department’s statistics for 2014 has shown that there was a total of eight hundred and eighty-four (884) accidents —seventy-five (75) less than what was recorded for 2013.

While the 2013 records showed there were eleven (11) fatalities, there were only eight (8) road deaths last year with several of them were described as being serious.

Sergeant at the Traffic Department Alvin John told Dominica Vibes on Tuesday 14 January, based on those figures; it appears that drivers are beginning to exercise due care and attention when using the roads.

“For the year 2014 island wide we had 884 traffic collisions, we had eight road fatalities; six male and two females”.

“In 2013 we had 959 road collisions and then we had 11 fatalities; eight males and three females. As the record shows, 2015 had a little more accidents and more fatalities,” he said.

However, Mr John expressed concern about the high number of motorcycle accidents recorded in 2014.

Although the report indicates a decline from 2013, Mr John said drivers must continue to exercise caution when driving.

Excessive speed, especially in zones where there are signs displaying the prescribed speed limit has been found most times to be cause of accidents.

“There were 1541 motor vehicles involved, out of this we had 64 motorcycles but no fatalities from the motorcycles…We advising motorist to drive carefully on the road, always remember that you are not on the road alone you have to drive with due care and consideration for other users,” he said.

Mr John cautioned drivers to pay attention, “especially under the Canefield cliff”.

“Always look to your wing mirror, if someone is overtaking on the left or right, whatever is the case you ought to look to see that you are driving in a safe and professional manner so that you don’t cause an accident,” he said.

The police force, he noted, will continue to educate the populace about safe driving practices.

Drivers and passengers are also urged to “buckle up” to mitigate the impact of the accident.

An estimated 1.2 million people are killed in road crashes each year, and as many as 50 million are injured, occupying 30 percent to 70 percent of orthopedic beds in developing countries hospitals.