The Guyana Police Force’s Traffic Department has reported that a total of 151 persons have lost their lives in road accidents so far for this year, with the majority of road deaths being motorcyclists.
Traffic Chief, Senior Superintendent, Mahendra Singh made the revelation on Wednesday during the unveiling of the Police Force’s Christmas Security and Traffic Plan.
The Traffic Chief said Police ranks will be stepping up their monitoring of the country’s roadways in the evenings since it was found that majority of traffic accidents occur between 6pm and midnight.
According to the Traffic Department, 51 motorcyclists were killed on the country’s roadways so far this year compared to twenty (20) last year.
In addition, thirty-seven (37) pedestrians lost their lives between January- November this year, compared to thirty-four (34) for the same period. Pedal Cyclists, Pillion riders and occupants in cars, were also listed among the most prevalent road deaths in the country.
To curb the carnage on the road, especially around the busy Christmas period, the Traffic Department said it will be dividing each Region into sectors and those sectors will be staffed with Traffic ranks.
There will also be an increase in fixed point placement along the main thoroughfares and Roving Motor Cycle and Motor vehicle patrols will be done.
Further, the Traffic department said its efforts will be will be supported by the Guyana Police Force Command Centre to help the curb the road accidents.