Pandemonium on our roads

- GNRSC appeals to all road users to be more responsible in using the roads

ACCIDENTS have claimed the lives of 52 persons, and a number of persons have been seriously injured although this year is only six months old.The Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) said in a statement on Tuesday that in light of the recent mayhem that has been occurring on our roads, it is appealing and urging all road users to be more responsible in their day-to-day activities on the roadways, in order to help put an end to this “pandemonium”.

The GNRSC said there has been a recent increase in the number of serious road accidents in and around the city, in outlying areas, and in other regions of our country, and this is mainly due to speeding, recklessness, and driving under the influence (DUI), all of which reflect total neglect of our traffic laws.

The body said that major accidents resulted in loss of lives and serious disability to persons involved. Almost all accidents impacted financially on our economy, and have distressed all parties involved, emotionally and physically. Also, serious accidents have significantly disturbed the social welfare of all the affected families.

The GNRSC noted that habitual blunders by many vehicular drivers and motor cyclist are speeding, driving under the influence (DUI), total neglect for our traffic laws, and total disregard for the five Cs; Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Caution and Common Sense when using the roads.

The body said that blatant disregard for traffic laws and traffic advisories are the major contributing factors for road accidents; which we, as responsible Guyanese, are desperately trying to reduce substantially.

Pedestrians and cyclists are also to be blamed for their carefree and sloppy attitudes when using the roadways. These behaviours should be discontinued immediately, to put an end to some of these ‘needless road crashes and deaths, the body has said. These victims didn’t need to die, the GNRSC concluded.

Comparison statistics below reflects this current road chaos:

17th May 2014 Compare to Same period 2013
Accidents    49          - 49
Deaths        54          - 52
Children      07          - 05

“Fellow road users”, the body appealed, “please be advised that the reduction of road accidents can only be achieved with your input. So again, the Guyana National Road Safety Council (GNRSC) is pleading with all road users and responsible Guyanese to join with us in our campaign to help stop the road carnage by correcting the careless ways we use our roads and by adhering to the road safety and traffic laws to make our streets and roads safer.

Road Safety is everybody’s business, the body says.

“Remember if it is important to you, you will find a way; if it is not, you will find an excuse”.