The death toll on Guyana’s roadways has surpassed last year’s figures, and September is considered the deadliest month of the year.
Compared to the corresponding period last year, the last nine months of the year has seen an increase in fatalities on the roadways. Pedestrians were the number one victims during the period.
The statistics from the Traffic Department of the Guyana Police Force (GPF) indicate that 75 persons lost their lives in the same period in 2021. The figures this year have shown that 83 persons were killed in road accidents, among them five children.
Traffic Chief Dennis Stephens explained that while the numbers are alarming, there is still an issue with adhering to road rules. Drunk driving and speeding are still the main causes of road fatalities.
“We would have also observed that most of these accidents would have occurred between Fridays to Monday morning. The category mostly involved are pedestrians and motorcyclists,” the Traffic Chief said.
He further expounded that accidents usually occur between 18:00h and midnight. The Traffic Chief said that the victims range from 18 to 45 years old.
He told MTV News Update that apart from DUI and speeding, drivers are more than ever ignoring traffic lights.