One hundred and thirty-nine persons lost their lives in road accidents in Guyana in 2020. That figure marked an 8.59% increase over the previous year.
Of the 139 road deaths in the country, five were children.
With the increase in the road fatality rate, The Guyana National Road Safety Council is continuing its call for persons using the country’s roadways to exercise more care on the roadways.
In examining the data from the past year, the Road Safety Council also found that the majority of those who died in vehicular accidents were men. Coordinator of the Road Safety Council, Ramona Doorgen said the trend has been noticed by the Council.
The Road Safety Council has found that speeding and driving under the influence of alcohol remain the two leading causes of road accidents and fatalities.
The Road Safety Council intends to continue its work with the Ministry of Health, the Pan American Health Organisation and other stakeholders to raise more awareness of the need for more caution and consideration to be practiced on the country’s roadways.
The Road Safety Council is also partnering with the Government to have more speed management tools implemented across the country. Some of those include working street lights.