Belize honors Global Road Safety Week 2017

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Posted: Monday, May 8, 2017. 9:17 a.m. CST.

By BBN Staff: The United Nations Global Road safety week is being scheduled from May 8-14, 2017. Belize joins the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) in celebrating the week which will focus on speed.

Speed contributes to approximately one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low and middle-income countries.

Belize is no exception, hence the reason to join the world-wide efforts to contribute to saving lives from road traffic collisions.

In 2013, the Government of Belize received funds from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the Belize Road Safety Project.  Over the past four years, many activities have taken place along the George Price Highway (the demonstration corridor) that have contributed to a significant reduction in the frequency and severity of road traffic deaths and injuries.

Through Belize’s  investment in the five pillars of action for road safety, traffic deaths have reduced by 80 percent along the corridor.

Many countries, including Belize have identified that the following are among the proven strategies to address speed:

  • Improving roads to include features that calm traffic
  • Establishing speed limits to the function of each road
  • Enforcing speed limits
  • Installing in-vehicle technologies
  • Equipping enforcement officers with enforcement tools
  • Increasing awareness about the dangers of speeding.

The Belize Road Safety Project is seeking the support of all Belizeans to increase awareness of the dangers of speeding whether driving, riding or walking/jogging/running as we continue to assist in generating action on measures to address speed, with the overarching goal to save lives on the roads.

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