$14.4 Millon for Road Safety Print E-mail
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Thursday, 14 March 2013 00:00

The Government of Belize has received U.S. ,248,000 as a loan from the Caribbean Development Bank for the improvement of Road Safety in Belize.  The financing will be used to improve safety features at specfic areas along the George Price Hihgway to its junction with the Hummingbird Highway and around the Belmopan Ring Road. Already the broadening of the highway’s shoulders in specific areas has already commenced. It will also have components which will see education and awareness campaigns to change road user behaviors for improved safety. It will also offer support to the Police and the Transport Departments in areas of law enforcement. Capacity building for personnell from institutions invovled in road safety managment will also be supported.

According to a press release by the governemtn of Belize and the Caribbean Development bank the project is being implemented since road traffic injuries are the fourth leading cause of death in Belize regardless of age and sex. A World Health Organization Global Status Report on Road Safety conducted in 2009 states that 68 deaths were reported in 2006 which is equivalent to approximately 31.1 deaths per 100,000 inhabitants, the highest rate amoungst the CDB’s member countries. Further extrapulation of the data indicates that between 2004 and 2006, 70% of all collissions occurred in the Belize District followed by the Orange Walk district with 14%.

The Road Safety Project will be executed by the Ministry of finance and Economic Development supported by a Project Management/Road Safetly Unit and Task Leaders in the Ministries of Education, Youth and Sports; Health; and Works and Transport.