Traffic Chief appeals...
Drivers, don't speed!
Guyana Chronicle
December 12, 2003

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Speeding is one of the main factors that cause fatal accidents on the road and the Traffic Chief, Michael Harlequin, is appealing to drivers to desist from speeding.

Over the past year, the Traffic Department made tremendous efforts to curb speeding and minimize accidents.

The Traffic Department acquired four new radar guns.

"Drivers tend to speed, however, when they have passengers. It is dangerous because people's lives are at stake," said Harlequin, in an invited comment to the Government Information Agency (GINA).

He is also urging passengers to play a more active role in terms of the manner of driving.

There are certain speed limits that motorists have to observe and on Homestretch Avenue and other roads around the city, the limit is 48 kilometers or 30 miles per hour.

"We will increase our vehicular patrols and continue its efforts to encourage drivers to observe the double yellow lines. He added that drivers must observe the five C's, which are care, commonsense, caution, courtesy and consideration.

Under a five-year road programme, a research was conducted by consultant Dr. Gowkarran Budhu which showed that the percentage of fatality by probable causes was alcohol 5%, speeding 21%, losing control 14% and improper overtaking 9%.

This research was conducted last year.