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Fewer road deaths for 2016

CARLOS ATWELL, [email protected]

Fewer road deaths for 2016

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THERE HAS BEEN a significant drop in road fatalities so far this year in Barbados.

Assistant Superintendent of Police Ronald Stanford said road deaths for the year were down 60 per cent.

“For the year so far, up to the end of October, we have recorded eight road fatalities when last year at the same time, we recorded 20. The public is heeding the messages and I want to thank them and I hope it continues,” he said.

Speaking at the launch of Road Safety Awareness Month, yesterday at Rendezvous Court, Christ Church, Stanford said that while the drop was good news, it was no time for complacency.

“We expect there will be an influx of people coming into the island for the 50th anniversary celebrations which means potentially more road users. I therefore urge everyone to pay attention to the roads and not to be distracted by other things,” he said.

Stanford said intersections were a big problem where some motorists approached them too quickly and overshot the stops.

He also urged motorists to heed motorcyclists and give them space at intersections as he said they couldbe travelling more quickly than expected. (CA)