By Benjamin Flowers: In light of a recent surge in the number of road traffic accidents, the Belize Police Department is pleading with the public to adhere to the speed limit when driving on the country’s highways.
At a media briefing today, Director of Communications for the Office of the Commissioner of Police, Assistant Superintendent Fitzroy Yearwood, said that authorities have noticed an increase in traffic accidents (some fatal and others ending in injury), particularly in southern Belize.
“We’re asking people to just take your time. Wherever you’re going is not moving. Buildings don’t move in Belize,” Yearwood said.
He reiterated the call of the Commissioner of Police and the department as a whole, for drivers to observe all road safety laws, such as keeping a safe distance from the vehicle ahead, to ensure adequate distance in the event of an emergency stop.
He noted that during the Christmas season there will be celebrations of all kinds and that people need to be responsible in order to prevent injury and loss of life.
“Let’s keep Belize safe,” Yearwood added. “Think about the other drivers, think about the lives you are responsible for…Let’s take our time so we can be here for our families for Christmas and for the new year.”
In the month of November alone there were more than deaths related to road traffic accidents. There was also a fatal RTA on the southern highway on Sunday, December 5 where a man died.