Posted: Tuesday, July 27, 2021. 11:34 pm CST.
By Rubén Morales Iglesias: The Government of Belize handed 16 speed-guns and 26 breathalyzers with 5,000 mouthpieces to the Department of Transport in an effort to improve road safety in Belize, said the Government Of Belize Press Office.
Dr. Osmond Martinez, CEO of the Ministry of Economic Development, presented the speed guns and breathalyzers to Dian Vasquez, Chief Transport Officer, on Monday, July 26, at a ceremony held by the NEMO Headquarters in Belmopan.
The presentation comes as the Government of Belize, through a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), launched the Second Road Safety Project.
The Road Safety Project’s goal is to lower the number of deaths and serious injuries caused by road traffic accidents cause said the Press Office. Traffic officers will be trained to use the equipment.
The CDB loan, said the Press Office, is aimed at improving Belize’s road safety management capacity, the safety of road infrastructure, and post-crash care.
“Road traffic injuries have significant negative impacts, at all levels, as they place substantial emotional, psychological, and financial burden on families of crash victims, elevate the number of healthy life-years lost, result in a loss of productivity and income for victims and their caretakers, and contribute to the overall mortality and morbidity levels in the country,” said the Press Office.
The release said, “road trauma is a preventable public health challenge” and the enforcement equipment should assist in making Belize’s highways safer for all.
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