Road fatalities on the rise
Jensen LaVende firstname.lastname@example.org
WITH 110 people dead as a result of road traffic accidents this year, both the police and Arrive Alive are calling on pedestrians to be vigilant and use the pedestrian crossings available to them.
Speaking yesterday with members of the media at the weekly press briefing yesterday at the Police Administration Building in Port of Spain, acting Insp Wayne Mystar said that although the number of road deaths has decreased, there has been an 18 per cent spike in pedestrian deaths.
Mystar, one of the police service’s public information officers, said the death toll is currently 110 compared to 137 last year. He said the increase in pedestrian deaths on the nation’s roads is “disturbing”.
Last Saturday, Phase Four Beetham Gardens resident Amanda Toussaint was knocked down and killed, while attempting to cross the highway.
She and David Lawrence were attempting to cross the eastbound lanes of the highway near the Beetham landfill when they were struck by a car. Toussaint died on the scene, while Lawrence was taken to hospital.
Mystar said that the Beetham Highway leads the way in the number of pedestrians killed on the roadways, with 36 per cent (14) of the pedestrian deaths for the year.The second most deadly highway for pedestrians is Churchill Roosevelt Highway, then the Uriah Butler with the Solomon Hochoy highway and Claude Noel Highway in Tobago following third and fourth respectively.
Mystar said the police would soon be embarking on a nationwide road safety initiative, and would begin in the Beetham Gardens and Sea Lots area.
Arrive Alive head Sharon Inglefield, in a telephone interview yesterday with the Express, said for the year 39 pedestrians have died on the highways. She said she is appealing to pedestrians to use pedestrian overhead crossings and zebra crossings where available rather than crossing the highways. This advice was echoed by Mystar.
Inglefield also appealed to motorists to slow down, adding that crossing the Beetham Highway was very risky.