Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2020. 11:43 am CST.
By BBN Staff: This week the Caribbean Development Bank, under the Second Road Safety Project, handed six new highway patrol vehicles over to the Government of Belize.
The CDB and GOB held a handing over ceremony in Belmopan yesterday, in which the bank presented the six fully equipped highway patrol vehicles which include four-year comprehensive insurance, four-year maintenance plan along with an extended warranty, to the Department of Transport, Ministry of Transport.
The CDB and GOB issued a joint statement following the handing over, highlighting the first road safety project between 2013 and 2018 when Belize became a recipient of the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) grant funds to assist in the development of an “Investment Plan of Action” for improving road safety in Belize.
“Positive strides have been taken to help contribute to increased awareness in reducing the severity of road traffic deaths and injuries. However, it will still take the combined efforts of all road users, particularly drivers as their behavior is key for good judgment when focusing on the road. The question, though, that is always lingering on everyone’s mind is: What can be done to address key risk factors that cause road traffic deaths and injuries?” the joint statement said.
The joint statement also noted that speeding continues to contribute to approximately one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries, which inspires initiatives like the Road Safety Project
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