Road accidents  on the increase
May 28, 2004

Road accidents on the increase

Last April, the Medical Association staged their fourth annual Health Fair.
That one was held under the theme: “Road safety is no accident,” and sought to drive home the value of being careful while commuting. {{more}}
Assistant Superintendent of Police Carlisle Ryan touched on a number of factors contributing to the upsurge in road accidents in his presentation.
He lamented the absence of reports from doctors on persons believed to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Health Minister and Environment Minister Dr. Douglas Slater alluded to the cost of mishaps and spoke of the introduction of laws to make wearing of helmets for motorcyclists compulsory, and seat belts for drivers.
Senator Glen Beache, Minister of State in the Transport, Works and Housing Ministry also addressed the Health Fair. But an angle of the road crashes overlooked at the session was the impact of the collisions on the generation of electricity.
The pattern of power service sees the running of wires, on poles pitched on the roadsides.
But their closeness seems to be the cause of another concern, resulting in regular outages.
The message of road safety can never be over emphasised, because the numbers must be allowed to increase. The cost factor and is adding too much of an unnecessary strain on our fragile resources.
Last Tuesday at the Arnos Vale main road next to the Highway Trading Company Limited, a blue Toyota Ceres, driven by Brian Charles of Diamond collided with a truck that was carrying a load of sand. The truck was driven by Arnold Williams. Charles was taken to the Milton Cato Memorial Hospital