Dominica could soon implement an action plan on road safety even as a high ranking police officer pointed out that the island’s roads are not completely safe.
On Thursday various stakeholders met to finalize the action plan which they say will reduce traffic accidents in Dominica.
The one-day consultation forms part of Road Safety Week which commenced here on Monday.
Coordinator of Health Promotions, Anthelia James says once implemented, the action plan will help to prevent death and disabilities among drivers, their passengers and pedestrians.
According to James, pedestrians are some of the most vulnerable to road traffic accidents. “Statistics show that one in five persons who die in road traffic deaths in Dominica are pedestrians,” she said.
At the consultation Police Superintendent David Andrew said road safety requires a collaborative approach between agencies and departments.
He pointed out that Dominica’s roads are “not completely safe” as traffic statistics reveal that between 2008 and 2012, the country recorded 4,971 vehicular collisions.
He further stated that between 2010 and 2012, there were 110 accidents involving pedestrians.
“This of course is sizable and as my good colleague would say …once accident is one too many,” he noted.
He said it is those kinds of statistics that caused the UN to take action against road fatalities on a global level.
“It is against this background that the UN was able to conclude that road fatalities is likely to become the leading cause of death in the world. The assembly also stated that immediate and effective action needs to be taken by all agencies if the trend is to stabilize and reverse,” he said.
In March 2010, the UN General Assembly declared 2011-2020 as the Decade of Action for Road Safety.