With the rise in road traffic accidents in Dominica recently, the police say they will be increasing patrols on the E.O. Leblanc Highway and will be enforcing the use of seat belts
Head of the Traffic Department, Assistant Superintendent of Police, Robertson Laurent, told Dominica News Online (DNO) on Tuesday afternoon that the intention of the increased patrol is to prevent drivers from speeding.
“We have seen the increase, not only under the [Canefield] cliff, but the increase of accidents on the E.O. Leblanc Highway and so we think that measure can deter drivers …” he said.
Laurent noted the police will be enforcing the use of seat belts because there is a law for its use in Dominica.
“We will enforce that,” he noted. “We are advising people all along that they should wear their seat belts … it’s a road safety measure.”
When asked about the use of helmets by motorcycle riders, Laurent said vehicle and road traffic regulations make provision for the Minister of National Security to make regulations in relations to helmets, but this has not been done.
“At the moment the regulation has not been made but it is in the process,” he said.
Dominica was hit by a series of traffic accident in the last two weeks.
Officials say in Dominica traffic accidents is the leading cause of death among young people between the ages 15 and 24 and the third leading cause of death for persons between 25 and 44.