Government has said it will engage in a major sensitization drive to push for road safety in Dominica.
Today, (Tuesday) Dominica together with the rest of the world, observes the start of Global World Safety Week, under the theme: ‘Protect the Pedestrians, Preserve Life,’ which focuses on the safety of pedestrians.
Some of the activities will include radio addresses, school lectures, distribution of traffic safety flyers, public demonstrations and announcements.
Dominica’s Minister for National Security, Charles Savarin, said statistics from the United Nations indicate that more than 3,000 people die from traffic collisions per day, and more than half were not travelling in the vehicle.
“Nearly 1.3 million people die each year as result of road traffic collisions. Over 20 million more people sustain non fatal injuries and a substantial amount of them result in some form of disability,” he said.
According to Savarin, the vast majority of road traffic deaths occur in low and middle income countries, although these countries possess less than half the world’s registered vehicle fleet.
“Road traffic injuries are among the three leading causes of death for people between 5 and 44 years. It is predicted to become the 5th leading cause of death in the world for all ages. The deaths resulting from traffic collisions are expected to increase to 2.4 million each year,” he explained.
Last year Dominica recorded 11 road fatalities, three of which involved pedestrians.
A total of 51 collisions involving pedestrians were recorded during the same period.