Road Fatalities Pass 300 Mark

Three-hundred and three people have now died in road accidents so far this year.

This has shattered the target set by the Ministry of Transport to keep road fatalities below 300 this year.

Director of Public Relations and Communications at the Ministry, Vando Palmer, says every motorist must make a concerted effort to drive responsibly and obey the road codes, especially as we approach the festive season.

He describes the impact on the economy and the trauma associated with fatalities and after-care for survivors as ‘debilitating’.

Mr. Palmer says post-crash care for a surviving motorist can cost taxpayers upwards of 15 million dollars.

He says the situation can be addressed with a new shift to accompany the provisions of the New Road Traffic Bill when it becomes law.