Drivers beware! Traffic police have radar guns

Stabroek News
April 24, 2003

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Motorists had best press lightly on the gas pedal from now on given that the traffic department has acquired four radar guns.

According to a Government Information Agency (GINA) release, Traffic Chief (ag) Michael Harlequin in an interview with GINA said, "We hope that with these radar guns we will be able to stem speeding by motorists."

The guns have been distributed to stations in New Amsterdam, on the Linden/Soesdyke Highway, the East Coast Public Road and the Brickdam Police Station. More guns are said to be on the way.

The release said that this activity was established when the traffic department in collaboration with the Ministry of Public Works identified the main factors for road fatalities. The research was headed by Dr Gowkarran Budhu, an engineer attached to the Public Works Ministry, who recommended the use of radar guns.

Data from the research indicated that the percentage of fatalities by probable causes was alcohol 5%; speeding 21%; pedestrian negligence 18%; cyclist negligence 15%; driver negligence 18%, losing control 14% and improper overtaking 9%.

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