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Update coming for traffic act

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Update coming for traffic act

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Changes which include the introduction of the breathalyzer and more public service vehicles (PSV) inspections, are coming to the Road Traffic Act to make the roads safer.
Yesterday, Acting Deputy Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Transport and Works Anthony Wiltshire said the ministry was preparing amendments to the act.
Among the proposals are the long-mooted breathalyzer testing, inspection of public service vehicles every six months and the banning of cellphones while driving.
Wiltshire, who was speaking during a service at First Baptist Church in recognition of the United Nations World Day Of Remembrance For Road Traffic Victims, said the reality was that accidents were occurring daily and so far there had been 18 local road fatalities.  
He said accident statistics for the five years from 2008 to 2012 revealed that while fatalities had increased over the period, serious injuries decreased by 31 per cent, and slight injuries by 17 per cent.  
Accidents across the island have decreased by 18 per cent, Wiltshire pointed out.