According to recent data released by the Guyana Police Force, 99 people lost their lives on the country’s roadways in 2022. Of these fatalities, 53 occurred in Region Four, making it the area with the highest road deaths.
The data also revealed that most casualties were male, with only 18 females. Additionally, six children under the age of 18 were among those killed in traffic accidents.
In an interview with the Traffic Chief, Superintendent Dennis Stephen, he stated that these numbers are alarming and highlighted the need for increased efforts to improve road safety in the country. Stephen emphasized the importance of following traffic laws, wearing seat belts, and avoiding distracted driving to reduce the number of accidents and fatalities on the road.
Stephen also called on the government to invest in infrastructure improvements, such as better road maintenance and increased use of safety barriers, to further reduce the risk of accidents.
Overall, Stephen emphasized the need for all road users to take responsibility for their actions and prioritize safety to prevent further tragic roadway losses. Joel Vogt reports.