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Road Safety Council wants traffic Act now
2013-08-28 10:11:02 | (0 Comments)
The National Road Safety Council is calling for the government to fast track passage of the new Road Traffic Act after nine people were killed in crashes in just four days.
The Council says it is alarmed at the dramatic increase in road fatalities in recent weeks.
Dr Lucien Jones, the Vice-chairman of the road safety council notes that while the Council has optimised the effectiveness of its road safety initiatives, there is dire need for new ammunition to fight what he says is the epidemic of road crashes.
Jones is of the view that the promulgation of the new Road Traffic Act will advance current enforcement initiatives.
He also says it will be a comprehensive approach in addressing many of the traffic breaches, and traffic environment deficiencies which are now taking place.
Jones says the legislation, which has been in the pipeline since 2004, is taking too long.
He says while the Minister of Transport Dr Omar Davies has promised that it will be ready this fiscal year, the Council thinks it needs to be passed this calendar year.
There’s been a 14 per cent spike in road fatalities and a 17 per cent increase in road crashes since the start of this year, when compared to the corresponding period last year.
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