Screen_Shot_2014-09-01_at_8.33.37_PMThe Road Safety Program was rolled out a year ago and today the work continues in achieving the goals set out with a large focus on drunk driving and curbing this trend in the country. Only last Thursday, the transport department and stakeholders held a town meeting with the residents in Orange Walk Town with the purpose of educating them on traffic legislation and safety. Chief Transport Officer Crispin Jeffries was at the meeting and spoke with us on the project.


Crispin Jeffries – Chief Transport Officer


“What is happening is that we have initially started on the corridor from Belize City to Belmopan that is called the “Road Safety Corridor Project” but it is actually a survey to look at the best practices that we need to put in place for the same program to roll out nationally, so whilst this current project is a three year project it will impact Belie in many ways, it will have impact on the education system; all teachers will be trained will be added to the curriculum, we will have a number of public awareness campaign that will go national on national radios, we have training for enforcement officers from all the municipality, the police department, the transport department so it is already impacting Belize an it will continue, it will also see national standards set for signage on roads , markings on road and those things are already happening, what you will be seeing between Belize City and Belmopan will be repeated as a standard that will be used across Belize so yes it will benefit Belize in the long term but the initial thing is a demonstration corridor between Belize City and Belmopan that is taking some of the new things that ought to be develop.”


The project also focuses on infrastructure improvements, equipment and training. Another component of the initiative is education.

 

Crispin Jeffries – Chief Transport Officer


“Satisfied that ones the schools begin to introduce it to the curriculum it will be a continued process, the education system has something called HFLE (Health and Family Life Education) this starts at all levels of the school system so it will impact the high schools as soon as the teachers start rolling out the materials, it will impact the infant school, it will impact the pre-school, it will impact the community, in one of the strategic thinking there is the thought that ones you speak to the child the child will go home and teach, the child will practice so it will change behavior.”

 

There have been over fifty-five deaths as a result of traffic collisions across the country. The Road Safety Project is being funded in part by the Caribbean Development Bank.

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