In an effort to highlight the importance of practicing road safety a National Consultation on the Decade of Action on Road Safety got underway in Dominica on Thursday.
“This is done in an effort to increase and maintain public awareness of the significance of maintaining and practising road safety,” Head of Traffic Division, ASP Robertson Laurent said while addressing the opening ceremony.
He pointed out that data shows over the past five years, except for 2013, one child between the ages of 5 and 14 died due to traffic accidents per year in Dominica.
He said one child’s death per year due to traffic crashes is one too many.
“Each road fatality particularly, within the 5 to 14 age group, begs us as drivers, policy makers and concerned citizens to ask ourselves, is the environment enough to control speeding on our roads to reduce drunk driving or to ensure that our children being transported are protected by law?” he noted.
Additionally he asked, “Are our traffic laws regulations sufficient and enforceable? Are our children adequately prepared and supervised regarding safe road use?”
He stated the World Health Organization (WHO) reports that around the globe there is no greater threat to the lives of children between the ages of 15 and 17 years than road traffic crashes.
“Every four minutes a child is prematurely lost on the roads around the world and with many more injured,” Laurent stated. “Our presence here today signals not only our commitment, but also our responsibility to assist in road safety … road safety is no accident”
The consultation is being organized as part of the 3rd Annual Road Safety Week of activities, observed from the 4th to 10th of May under the theme: “Save Kids Lives.”
It is being held in collaborations with the Violence and Injury Surveillance System (VISS) Committee, the Ministry of Health and Environment and the Police Traffic Department.
Dominicam through the VISS Committee launched a decade of action on road safety in 2011 and since then has remained committed to ensuring road safety week is observed annually.
Recently a series of traffic accidents occurred in Dominica, some fatally.