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January 2, 2013
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Decline in road fatalities in 2012

The National Road Safety Unit says for the first time since 1999, the country has seen less than 300 road crash fatalities.

According to statistics from the unit, the total number of reported road crash fatalities stands at 256 for the period January 1 to December 31, 2012.

However, in a release, the unit warned that it will be pushing harder for improvements to help maintain the standard set last year.

Drivers of public passenger vehicles, and illegal taxi drivers who operate along the major routes in the Corporate Area will be specially targeted.

In addition, pedestrians who do not observe the rules of the road will also be a focus of attention in 2013.

According to the Director of the Unit, Kenute Hare, the revised Road Traffic Act will hopefully be rolled out in 2013, which will outlaw the use of cell phones while driving and the illegal use of headlamps as a warning signal to other motorists.

It's hoped that revisions to the Act will assist in countering the high accident rate as well as fatalities; as drivers will be prosecuted for offences that were not previously recognised by the law.

The unit promised to release official figures on February 1, 2013 in accordance with International Road Traffic Statistics Standards.

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