By BBN Staff: Central America.com and the Daily Mail UK have listed Belize among those countries with some of the ‘worst roads’ and ‘greatest risks’ when it comes to road safety.
A massive road traffic accident yesterday claimed the lives of 7 people. Four Belizeans and two tourists died when a tour van and an SUV collided on the George Price Highway.
Families and friends of the victims are reeling for their loss.
Minutes ago, a female tourist that was vacationing in Belize with her family also lost her life in a road traffic accident near Carmelita village in Orange Walk.
Every year, lives are lost on the roads and highways of Belize.
While the Belize Road Safety initiative continues to encourage all motorists to take precautions when driving or traveling, there are many factors that contribute to fatal road traffic accidents.
Factors contributing to reckless driving and often leading to accidents are driving while under the influence of alcohol and drugs, speeding, disregard for speed limits, and use of cell phones while driving among others.
Central America.com noted that Belize’s poorly lit highways and the sharing of a two-lane highway with pedestrians, motorcycles, bicycles, and vehicles are also contributing factors.
Motorists can also take necessary precautions by checking their vehicle’s lights, brakes, and signal lights and trying to ensure that their vehicles are ready for the road.
The construction and rehabilitation of highways are also crucial to assisting in the prevention of road traffic accidents. Experienced and licensed engineers can assess, plan, construct and rehabilitate highways to eliminate blind hills, blind curves and avoid leaving steep edges between tar and the side of the road.