Belmopan City Council receives equipment from the Belize Road Safety Project Print E-mail
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Thursday, 01 March 2018 00:00

On Monday February 26th, Mayor of Belmopan City, Khalid Belisle received equipment from the Chair of the Belize Road Safety Project, Ms. Yvonne S. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer in the Ministry of Economic Development and Petroleum along with the Contractor Representative – the Belize Roadway Construction (BRC).

In 2013, the Government of Belize received funds in loan financing from the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) towards the cost of the Belize Road Safety Project. Over the past five years, many activities have taken place and have contributed to an increased awareness in reducing severity of road traffic deaths and injuries. The question that is always lingering on everyone’s mind is: What can be done to address key risk factors that cause road traffic deaths and injuries? In the eyes of many, based on statistical data, SPEED contributes to approximately one-third of all fatal road traffic crashes in high-income countries, and up to half in low- and middle-income countries.

Belize is no exception, hence the reason to join the world-wide efforts to contribute to saving lives from road traffic collisions on highways and in urban areas. To complement these activities, the Road Safety Project handed over a traffic light programmer, spare traffic lights (3 pedestrian lights and 3 vehicular replacement lights for poles) and a mini sweeper to the Belmopan City Council, who will showcase a model for other urban areas in the country.

Belize has made great strides through its investment in the five pillars of action for road safety and these developments have been able to contribute to the reduction of road traffic deaths along the demonstration corridor when compared to baseline data. Many countries, including Belize, have identified that a major risk factor is speeding, and the following are among the proven strategies to address speed:

• Improving roads to include features that calm traffic

• Establishing speed limits to the function of each road

• Enforcing speed limits

• Installing in-vehicle technologies

• Equipping enforcement officers with enforcement tools

• Increasing awareness about the dangers of speeding.

The Belize Road Safety Project therefore seeks the support of everyone to increase awareness of the dangers of speeding whether you are driving, riding or walking/jogging/running, as ongoing efforts continue to assist in generating action on measures to address speed, with the overarching goal to save lives on the roads.