Road fatalities exceed that of last year

Recent crash on Valley Road

This Sunday Antigua & Barbuda joins millions around the world in memory of Road Traffic Victims, and turn thoughts to the millions who have lost loved ones on the world’s road this year.

“We would like to invite the public to safely light a candle, in remembrance of loved ones at around 5:45 pm on Sunday 19th November, 2017,” the road safety group said in a news release.

“So far in Antigua we have recorded 10 road fatalities for the year, which is two more than last year,” the group added.

It said while the media brings news of tragic events, behind each story is grieving families and friends, whose lives have been changed forever.

“It is indeed a time to remember and to acknowledge that much more must be done – and now – to avoid such tragic loss of life,” according to president Alice Ho-Tack

Seven years ago governments around the world set an ambitious target to drastically reduce road traffic deaths and injuries by 50% by 2020.

With its six strategies and 22 interventions, the package has done the hard work of prioritizing what works. This includes measures to design roads and vehicles for safety, manage speed, enforce traffic laws and provide emergency care for victims following a crash. The package also underscores the relevance of leadership as the key to success. (WHO)

Accelerating progress towards safer roads will be facilitated with the setting of road safety performance targets and indicators, a process currently underway. Once finalized, this will mean that governments will know how far they have come and how far they still need to go to save millions of lives. (WHO)



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  1. ” Measures to design roads and vehicles for safety” And what is Antigua doing with its dilapidated roads?? Should be ashame to post such report with so many roads in disgraceful conditions in Antigua. At the start of the tourist season, I can imagine tourist can’t wait to get back on the ocean rather than the streets of Antigua. How shameful for those in Government who actually travels abroad and back.

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