Road safety week focuses on “speed”

By Michelle Sutherland

Staff Reporter

Belize joins the United Nations in celebrating the Global Road Safety Week initiative, scheduled for  May 6 to 14, 2017, focusing on speed.

The events kicked off on Saturday May 6, with the 6th annual Ariel Rosado Memorial Ride which commenced at Galen University Central Farm Campus and ended in Belize City. The ride was held in honor of cyclist Ariel Rosado, who lost his life in a traffic accident  in May 2011.

According to the Road Safety Initiative, this year’s focus will highlight road safety tips on speeding, which  authorities say contributes to approximately one-third of fatalities in low and middle income countries, including Belize.

Road safety campaigners from around the world will pledge to slow down and take action to reduce speed. In Belize, several presentations at schools and  in the media  will be made to educate the public on the dangers of speeding.

In 2013 the project got a boost from the Caribbean Development Bank to improve safety measures along the George Price Highway, which was an area of concern.

Shantel Jacobs, Road Safety intiative coordinator, explained that investments were made in the five pillars of action including: safer vehicles, safer road infrastructure, post crash care response, educational awareness and road safety management, monitoring and evaluation.

Jacobs said that the investment reduced traffic fatalities on the same corridor by 80 percent, with the use of traffic signs, lights, roundabouts, pedestrian crossings, road markings and bicycle passes.



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