Civilians charged with ensuring road safety

GIS: Roads are Essential to our Everyday Lives.

Nissa Paul Alexander, Transport Officer within the Department of Economic Development, Transport and Civil Aviation, has stated that the onus of ensuring a safe road network throughout the country, is attributed to us all.

The transport officer has stated that many established stakeholders were involved in the formation of Road Safety Month during the month of November, but because all Saint Lucians use the roads, whether as drivers or pedestrians, everyone should regard themselves as stakeholders.

“Roads are essential to our everyday lives. We all use them in one way or another,” she said. “We use them to drive, to ride, to walk, to travel as passengers, and we depend on them to reach our destinations. Every single stakeholder that has come on board has a very important part to play as it relates to road safety. So it is not just a government initiative or an organizational initiative—it is an initiative that encompasses all of Saint Lucia.”

Mrs Paul-Alexander added that the input of those who helped in the construction of the month could not be overlooked.

“We would like to commend all of the stakeholders who have decided to come on board such as the Driving School Association, who are responsible for putting our drivers on the road. We would also like to commend the Royal Saint Lucia Police Force for ensuring that our safety laws are enforced, and the Insurance Council that many people do not understand, plays a very serious role in ensuring that every single road user meets the requirements before they are insured to drive vehicles.”

The transport officer said the campaign will be ongoing.

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