Motorists urged to be mindful of senior citizens

November 25, 2016

Motorists are being urged to operate their vehicles with due consideration for the elderly on the nations roads.

The call by the Road Safety Unit comes against the background that since the start of the year, 50 senior citizens have died during road accidents.

THE WEEKEND STAR understands that 22 were pedestrians, six were private motorcar drivers, and six were passengers in private cars, while seven were pedal cyclists.

According to the Road Safety Unit's breakdown of statistics of the 50 senior citizens who died, 18 were in the 60 to 64 age group, 14 were between 65 and 69, eight were in the 70 to 74 age and 10 deaths occurred with persons over the age of 75.

 

Vulnerable

 

In 2015, 49 senior citizens died as a result of motor vehicle accidents.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, said: "Senior citizens are ranked in the vulnerable road user category. They suffer from impediments such as decline in sight, substantial hearing loss, reduction in depth and motion perception, as well as significant decline in physical and cognitive capacity."

"The elderly population should be treasured as they still contribute to nation building with the wealth of knowledge and experience they can impart to the society," he added.

Meanwhile, the latest overall statistics, as at November 23, shows that 343 persons have been killed in 287 fatal crashes since the start of the year.

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