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January 20, 2014
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Road fatalities still on the rise

With just two weeks into the new year, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is concerned that the number of deaths on the country's roads is still rising.

Up to January 14, there have been 12 fatalities resulting from 12 crashes, compared to 10 fatalities resulting from eight crashes over the same period last year.

Despite the increase, the NRSC remains hopeful that the figures this year will trend downwards and will attempt to intensify its strategic planning consultations with key stakeholders in order to formulate corrective interventions. Additionally, the council will continue its public education programme in partnership with the National Health Fund.

"We continue to call for the enactment of the Road Traffic Act," says Dr Lucien Jones, NRSC vice-chairman. "This act is a critical component in the fight to reduce road fatalities. We will continue to push for the speedy passing of legislation that would greatly enhance the provision of road safety components that will help to promote greater road safety".

The Road Traffic Act has been under review for just over nine years and the draft bill, among other things, makes provision for theimplementation of a cell phone-use policy, an international tyre standard, and, the ability to suspendlicences under the Demerit Point System.Additionally, the draft includes greatly enhanced provisions for the transportation of hazardous materials.

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