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Drunk Driving in Belize: A Deadly Problem That Needs to Stop

Posted: Thursday, March 16, 2023. 11:27 am CST.

The views expressed in this article are those of the writer and not necessarily those of Breaking Belize News.

By Charles Leslie Jr – former Chairperson of Placencia: According to the World Health Organization (WHO), approximately 1.35 million people die each year worldwide as a result of road traffic crashes, and it is estimated that about 25% of these fatalities are related to alcohol consumption. This means that around 338,000 people die each year worldwide as a result of drunk driving.

Driving under the influence of alcohol is a serious problem in Belize, and it’s causing devastating consequences.

Every year, countless innocent lives are lost or forever changed because of a preventable decision made by someone to get behind the wheel while intoxicated.

In this article, we’ll explore the issue of drunk driving in Belize, its causes, and its impact on society.

Imagine sitting in the courtroom, staring at the person who changed your life forever. The same person who got behind the wheel drunk and caused the accident that resulted in the death of your loved one. How do you feel? Angry? Frustrated? Devastated? Unfortunately, this is a reality that too many Belizean families face every year.

Drunk driving is one of the leading causes of road accidents in Belize.

According to the Belize Traffic Department, there were 162 road fatalities in 2020, and almost half of those deaths were attributed to alcohol-impaired driving.

These numbers are shocking and demonstrate the severity of the problem.

Drunk driving not only puts the life of the driver at risk but also endangers the lives of other road users.

In Belize, the government has implemented several measures to curb this menace, including strict laws and public awareness campaigns.

However, despite these efforts, drunk driving continues to be a serious problem.

Causes of Drunk Driving in Belize

Several factors contribute to drunk driving in Belize. Some of the common causes include:

  1. Lack of awareness – Many people in Belize are not aware of the dangers of drunk driving. This lack of awareness makes them more likely to get behind the wheel after consuming alcohol.
  2. Peer pressure – Peer pressure is another common cause of drunk driving. People may feel pressured to drink and drive because their friends or colleagues are doing it.
  3. Poor enforcement – Despite the existence of strict laws against drunk driving, the enforcement of these laws in Belize is poor. This makes it easier for people to get away with driving under the influence of alcohol.
  4. Alcohol availability – Alcohol is readily available in Belize, and it’s cheap. This makes it easy for people to consume alcohol and get behind the wheel.

Impact of Drunk Driving in Belize

The impact of drunk driving in Belize is significant and far-reaching. The consequences of drunk driving include:

  1. Loss of life – Drunk driving often results in fatalities. This loss of life affects not only the victim but also their family and friends.
  2. Serious injuries – Drunk driving accidents often result in serious injuries, such as broken bones, head injuries, and spinal cord injuries. These injuries can have a lifelong impact on the victim.
  3. Legal consequences – If caught driving under the influence of alcohol, the driver may face legal consequences, including fines, license suspension, and even imprisonment.
  4. Financial costs – Drunk driving accidents can be expensive. The victim may incur medical bills, property damage, and lost wages.

What Can Be Done to Stop Drunk Driving in Belize?

To stop drunk driving in Belize, everyone needs to play their part. Here are some of the things that can be done:

  1. Awareness campaigns – More public awareness campaigns need to be conducted to educate people about the dangers of drunk driving.
  2. Strict enforcement – The government needs to enforce existing laws and introduce stricter penalties for drunk driving.
  3. Alcohol regulations – The government needs to regulate the sale and consumption of alcohol to reduce its availability and make it harder for people to get drunk.
  4. Alternative transportation – People need to be provided with alternative transportation options, such as taxis or public transport, to reduce the number of people who drive after drinking.


Drunk driving is a serious problem in Belize. It’s a problem that affects everyone – from the victims of drunk driving accidents to their families and friends, to the wider community.

The impact of drunk driving is far-reaching and devastating, and it’s time for everyone in Belize to take responsibility and work towards a solution.

While the government has a crucial role to play in enforcing laws and regulating alcohol consumption, the responsibility to stop drunk driving ultimately lies with every individual.

We must all do our part by making responsible choices and looking out for one another.

Whether it’s choosing not to drive after drinking, intervening when we see someone who is about to drive drunk, or supporting public awareness campaigns, we can all make a difference.

Let’s work together to make Belize’s roads safer and prevent the tragic loss of life that results from drunk driving.

We owe it to ourselves, our loved ones, and our communities to take action and put an end to this deadly problem.

Remember, it’s not just about avoiding legal consequences; it’s about protecting lives and creating a better future for everyone.

Сhаrlеѕ Lеѕlіе Јr. іѕ thе Сhаіrmаn оf thе Веlіzе Unіtу Аllіаnсе аnd thе fоrmеr іndереndеnt Сhаіrmаn оf Рlасеnсіа Vіllаgе (2010 – 2013). Не hоldѕ аn Аѕѕосіаtеѕ dеgrее іn buѕіnеѕѕ, ассоuntіng аnd есоnоmісѕ аnd hаѕ оvеr 20 уеаrѕ buѕіnеѕѕ ехреrіеnсе.


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