Belize Road safety project launched

vlcsnap-2013-03-14-20h17m48s91Road Traffic accident is listed as the fourth leading cause of death in the country of Belize. Belize recorded 68 road deaths in 2006 according to the World Health Organization’s Global Status report. That is approximately 31.1 traffic deaths per 100,000 inhabitants – the highest fatality rate amongst the Caribbean Development Bank’s member countries. That is why, GOB received 7 million 248 thousand dollars in loan from the CDB towards the cost of the Belize Road Safety Project. That project was launched today in Belmopan.

Errol Gentle – CEO in the Ministry of Works:
vlcsnap-2013-03-14-20h18m28s15The Government of Belize will embark on a curatorial approach, which focuses on four strategic pillars: Improving the safety of road infrastructure, which the Ministry of Works and Transport will be the implementing agency for this component. Enhancing the behaviour of road users, through public awareness and education programms.  Improving Post-crash Care, through the Ministry of Works.  Building road safety measures capacity, through the Departments of the Police and transport.

The International Road Assesment Program or IRAP specializes in road condition assessments.  IRAP conducted an evaluation of Belize’s roads back in 2011 and made certain recommendations for safer roads in Belize.  CEO in the Ministry of Works, Errol Gentle told us more.

Errol Gentle – CEO in the Ministry of Works:
Widening shoulders to provide a recovery area for vehicles that begin to run off the road, and providing a safe location for disabled vehicles to stop out of the flow of traffic.  Reducing the severity of run off road crashes by installing roadside barriers, and making other roadside improvements.  Installing pavements and markings, and other delineation improvements. And reducing the likelihood and severity of pedestrian crashes, by installing  crossings, facilities, and sidewalks.  The launching of the Road Safety Project today focuses on the Demonstration Corridor along the George Price Highway, including sections of the Hummingbird Highway, and the Belmopan Ring Road.

The Global Status report showed that between 2004 and 1006, 70% of all collisions occurred in the Belize District, followed by the Orange Walk district with 14%.

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