The head of the Traffic Department is confident that the comprehensive plan to reduce traffic collisions in Antigua & Barbuda is reaping good results despite what appears to be a slight increase in vechicular accidents.
Just yesterday, three people were rushed to the Mount St John’s Medical Centre (MSJMC) following three separate accidents. The police also responded to two fender benders in the capital, St John’s.
Superintendent Leonard Cabral said street patrols have increased on major roads and an intensive education campaign is ongoing.
He added that most of the out-stations are now equipped with motorcyles to augment the work of the Traffic Department.
“Most of these accidents are caused by simple ignorance and speeding. Up to this morning (Thursday) a man was arrested on the Sir Sydney Wallings Highway for travelling about 70 miles per hour,” Cabral said.
The traffic officer said a motorist charged with speeding is taken before a magistrate, and if the matter is not heard immediately, a recommendation would be made for the license to be suspended pending a hearing.
On Thursday, a 37-year-old woman, a 25 year-old man and an 8 year-old boy were rushed to the hospital following three separate vechicuar accidents.
Accoriding to police reports, the woman, Lisa Cannonier was rushed to the hospital with pains to the neck after she lost control of her taxi bus (TX58) which struck a rental car around 8:30 am.
Reports are that the Ottos resident was travelling from east to west on the Five Islands main road when she tried to overtake a rental car R2857 being driven by Calvin James of Donovans.
During the manoeuvre, her right rear tyre blew out causing the taxi bus to come into contact with the rental car.
Police said the bus flipped four times before coming to a stop.
James told OBSERVER media he was taking his six-year-old daughter to school at the time of the incident.
(More in today’s Daily Observer)