Traffic Accident is the number one factor of death around the world. According to the newly released international report for 2013 road traffic deaths have been on a general decline in Belize for the decade 2001-2010. According to statistics from the World health Organization 1.24 million persons were killed on road accidents around the world and when it comes to Belize, death caused by traffic accidents is numbered 51 -100 more than the reported figure. Reporter Victor Castillo took a deeper look into that figure and filed the following report.
Victor Castillo- Reporting
Despite that the figure of estimated deaths caused by traffic accidents in Belize is numbered 51 -100, sounds a lot, the reality is that Belize is not among the countries with the highest death rates from road traffic accidents globally. However, when compared with Central America and CARICOM Countries the scenario for the jewel changes.
Belize’s death rate when it comes to traffic accidents was reported the 5th highest among the 11 CARICOM countries ranked. The country that reported the highest rate is Guyana, with 27.8 deaths per 100,000, while St. Vincent and the Grenadines reported the lowest rate at 4.6 per 100,000. Suriname, St. Kitts, and Trinidad all reported higher death rates than Belize, while Barbados, the Bahamas, Dominica, Jamaica, and St. Lucia reported better rates.
Meanwhile, in Central America, Guatemala reported the lowest rate at 6.7 per 100,000, El Salvador has the highest rate at 21.9 per 100,000. Honduras and Nicaragua were tied for second in the Central American region with rates of 18.8 deaths per 100,000.
If we take a look at Belize’s status locally when it comes to traffic accidents, reports show that Corozal and Orange Walk would rank second and third respectively while Belize City would rank 1st with over a thousand traffic accidents.
Richard Quan - Senior Traffic Manager
“One of the main factors that contribute to these accidents here are drinking driving, people using their cellphone either to text or to call and they are distracted by whosever they are looking on, they are not focusing on driving distracting seeing somebody else or hailing at somebody else and these are the factors that we find out that that is causing most of the accident.”
Victor Castillo – Reporter
“Now, would it be also considered a factor speeding within town limits?”
Richard Quan - Senior Traffic Manager
“Speeding within town limits yes we don’t’ have a lot of that in the town but that could be one of the factors also for the accidents that is taking place right now.”
Check points and officials on constant patrols form part of action plan set in place to reduce traffic accidents and casualties.
Richard Quan – Senior Traffic Manager
“Right now we are doing some check points at night and we are using the breathalyzer that they gave us, we are not ticketing them we are just educating them, we are showing them the leverage of alcohol and if they are high above level then we tell them somebody else t drive, we doing check points at night, especially those with one light and we are telling them that a bulb is only for a dollar compared with a ticket at night for a hundred dollars so we are doing a lot on education with drinking driving.”
As for the enforcement of drinking and driving laws, Belize scored a 4 out of a possible 10. The WHO report says that Belize has no policies to promote walking or cycling, or to promote investment in public transport.
Since 2008, 35 countries have passed new laws or amended existing legislation covering one or more of these risk factors. Nevertheless, in many countries these laws are either not comprehensive in scope or are lacking altogether.
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