Saint Lucia police have expressed concern about the behaviour of drivers, asserting that it is one of the ‘critical factors’ contributing to road accidents.
So far for this year there have been 16 road fatalities according to figures released by the Police Traffic Department.
“Driver behaviour is one of the critical reasons why we have drivers behaving in the way that they do; because in as much as there are contributing factors – alcohol and others; bad roads; however if drivers react and behave in the manner that they ought to, we won’t have all those problems that we are having on the roads,” says Sergeant Jonathan St Juste.
St Juste was a guest Monday night on the MBC Television programme ‘Police Insight’.
By way of example, the Traffic Police official noted that Monday was a rainy day and on average drivers would drive at between 30 and 40 miles per hour on major roads.
However St Juste lamented that despite the changed weather conditions, drivers would still drive at “break neck” speed although the roads are wet.
He asserted that the vehicle cannot be expected to perform the same way when the road is wet.
The Police Traffic Department says in 2015 there were 1, 599 vehicle accidents, 1,927 in 2016 and 2,174 in 2017.
The department disclosed that for the Castries area alone, there were 635 road accidents or collisions. In 2016 the figure increased to 737, while in 2017 the number recorded was 882.
(Editor’s note: Story updated to correct typo. Original story had 1, 599 vehicle accidents for 2017 instead of the correct year – 2015)