The Pan American Health Organisation (PAHO) has said that more needs to be done in the Americas, including the Caribbean, to address traffic management.
According to PAHO, this is the key to saving lives.
The organisation has observed that control at the local level is important so that lower speed limits can be set in populated or vulnerable areas.
PAHO said that 17 countries in the Americas have already set maximum speed limits of less than 50 km / h in urban areas, conforming to best practices.
PAHO’s regional advisor on Road Safety, Eugenia Rodriguez, said the region of the Americas has made progress in adopting standards that limit speed in urban areas.
However Rodriguez said that the region needs to further strengthen the application of these standards to reduce deaths and injuries due to traffic.
The PAHO official explained that speed management measures include building or modifying roads to include features that slow traffic, such as roundabouts and speed bumps and establishing speed limits appropriate to the function of each road.
Enforcing speed limits through the use of manual and automated controls was also highlighted.
The speed limit in Saint Lucia is 40 miles per hour (MPH) on highways.
In the city of Castries the limit is 25 MPH for trucks and SUV’s and 30 MPH for motor cars.
However law enforcement officials have lamented that the speed limits are seldom adhered to by motorists.