More than 200 drivers have been placed before the courts for excessive speeding due to the effectiveness of the radar guns now in use by the Traffic Department, Acting Traffic Chief Michael Harlequin told the Government Information Agency (GINA) in an interview.
“If we look and see the factors that cause accidents you will see it is speeding,” GINA quoted the Traffic Chief as saying. According to Harlequin, from January 1, 2002 to date, 61 persons have lost their lives on the road and this is of grave concern.
The radar guns are being used in Georgetown and New Amsterdam, Berbice, GINA reported.
Data from research done by Dr Gowkarran Budhu last year has indicated that the percentage of fatalities by probable cause was: alcohol five per cent, speeding 21 per cent, pedestrian negligence 18 per cent, cyclist negligence 15 per cent, driver negligence 18 per cent, losing control 14 per cent, and improper overtaking nine per cent, GINA said.