Road safety council gets IT equipment
Stabroek News
May 17, 2007

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The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) has been given several pieces of information technology equipment to help it fulfill its mandate.

According to the Government Information Agency (GINA) Gail Teixeira, adviser to the President on Governance, on Monday handed over one computer, a printer, a photocopier and fax machine and a scanner to the council, at the Office of the President.

Teixeira, in a speech to mark the occasion said the president is very concerned about road safety and "all issues relating to traffic laws." "We are aware of the many road accidents that are occurring.

Stopping road carnage is very important to us. The investment in the traffic lights that are being installed right now is to ensure that there is law and order on our roadways…education is also another important area," Teixeira said.

At present, works are in progress at 10 of the 50 identified junctions. These works involve the planting of poles, mounting of lights, pedestrians' signals and regular signal heads.

Solar panels have also been mounted at several of the junctions. The US$2.1M traffic lights project stemmed from a bilateral agreement between the governments of India and Guyana which was inked last November during the visit of India's Vice-President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat. The NRSC was resuscitated last May.

Government has also pledged its commitment to the enforcement of traffic laws. Minister of Home Affairs Clement Rohee will be tabling the Traffic Offences Bill and Use of Cellphones Whilst Driving Bill shortly, GINA said.