Traffic Collisions Surge by 13% in Antigua and Barbuda, Police Urge Public Vigilance

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The Traffic Department of the Royal Police Force of Antigua and Barbuda has reported a significant increase in traffic collisions from January to May this year compared to the same period last year.

Superintendent Elson Quammie urges the public to adhere to road rules and stay vigilant.

“In 2023, we had 965 collisions between January and May. This year, we recorded 1,089 collisions, a 13% increase,” Quammie stated. Additionally, injuries from road accidents have nearly doubled, with 194 people injured this year compared to 108 last year.

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Superintendent Quammie attributes the surge to factors such as the growing number of vehicles, speeding, poor road conditions, and inadequate police enforcement.

He calls on drivers to be more conscious and to look out for pedestrians, emphasizing that safety is a collective responsibility.

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3 COMMENTS

  1. To be honest..not surprised at all!

    A lot of nonsense has been happening since a few years back now..from jaywalking, tailgating once the light turns green..bussing the yellow light at the last second of it and worse bussing the red light,!

    Please don’t even mention that half the island does not indicate now when turning..they just brake then turn. Don’t even talk about how it also waste another’s time when they are at the corner waiting to come out..they see no indicator on and thinks that car is going straight and last minute they turn in by you..you could have already came out and been on your way but by that time the stream of traffic coming from the other end has now reached you and you are forced to wait even longer!

    For those of you that didn’t know even though it’s not on the books (I heard) please note if there is an accident and it was made known or recognized that you didn’t indicate..you will be in hot water.

    Don’t even talk about overtaking cars that are already overtaking another vehicle, swinging out into incoming traffic to avoid a pothole no matter size and frightening the incoming people that are on their side of the road, overtaking on a corner! , obstructing traffic..shall I go on?

    We can’t also all blame the young people or the really old folks… people that been driving a decent amount of years should know better but all a sudden they doing foolishness! When will it end?

    Why have a sidewalk when half the people not using it? They all out in the road.. You give them a chance to cross the street they walking like they strolling going to sunday school with no care in the world or they just walk cross without looking and they looking at you in a way as if you are in the wrong

    Last time I checked you never see cars InaHospital! And please explain why people old enough to know better don’t walk facing traffic..one of these days God forbid..if a car lose control they won’t even see it coming..these are things that are taught early on…

    lawd and I have seen teenagers holding their sister or brothers hand (on top of not walking on the side facing incoming traffic) have their smaller sibling walking next to them leaving the smaller kids closer out in the road! Adults do it too with their kids! ..what happen to single file..holding your kids hand while having them walk in front of you?

  2. People drive real reckless in antigua,
    I don’t understand why such a hurry to get from point a to point b?
    Rushing, Rushing, all the time!
    I don’t mind you kill or injured yourself, hut more times than not
    You injured other innocent people!

  3. Hope they kill off each other.

    This is a result of the free driver’s licenses for votes program by this govt.

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