PAHO: More needs to be done about speeding in the Caribbean

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.



  1. Vibz
    May 8, 2017 at 10:57 am

    Deaths by vehicular accidents should be of major concern to all of us. Speeding and reckless driving are the main causes of road fatalities. We will always have law breakers among us. Enforcement of traffic laws should be of high priority. Adhering to the traffic laws and taking personal responsibility for our actions would greatly reduce the carnage on the road.

  2. keepingitreal
    May 8, 2017 at 11:10 am

    What makes us immune to alcoholism or drugs on our roads, corruption? Why is it that we want to imitate the larger countries, however when it comes to preserving lives and protecting us from injury, the powers that be turn a blind eye. Our lives and livelihood mean nothing to them. We have cast our vote already so we have been used. Little do they think that they will need that single vote to win the next time around.
    Its way BEYOND the time for the legislation and and everything else to be put in place for the use of BREATH ANALYZERS, BLOOD TESTS, DRUG TESTS and SPEED TRAPS. Speed bumps/sleeping policemen speed management measures including building or modifying roads to include features that slow traffic, will not work on intoxicated people, it will only make these measures super dangerous hazards.
    The costs to the country in higher insurance premiums, the healthcare, trauma and suffering to the families is mind blowing, yet nothing is done, just talk.
    For the sake of Oz, we the people should take the bull by the horns and take legislation from another country and modify it to suit our needs and get it passed in the parliament. Now that would piss off plenty politicians, lawyers and police.

    1. Vibz
      May 8, 2017 at 2:24 pm

      @keepingitreal All your concerns and suggestions are rational. Opposing is easy governing is hard. Politicians can be so convincing in opposition but when in government seem like inept fools. People have to take personal responsibility but the government has to enact and enforce laws to protect citizens and residents from those who over-indulged. Again @keepingitreal your suggestions are valid.

  3. TheSaintLuciaActivist
    May 8, 2017 at 12:45 pm

    Speeding is one thing but consideration should also be given to setting an upper limit for blood-alcohol levels, especially in a “fete-friendly” country like Saint Lucia.

  4. Anonymous
    May 9, 2017 at 10:53 am

    they need more stops lights or add cameras. they can hire more traffic officers to issue speeding tickets, the city can make money! some hefty fines will stop them…

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