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Police urge motorists and pedestrians to be more vigilant and adhere to laws of the road

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by Eulana Weekes

St. Kitts and Nevis (WINN): Head of the Traffic Department in the Royal St.Christopher & Nevis Police Force, Inspector Carlene Phipps is advising motorists and pedestrians to use the roads appropriately, especially those in the capital Basseterre.

Inspector Phipps made the appeal during the Monday, January 30 edition of Traffic Talk on WINN FM, following a traffic accident in the capital city on Saturday, January 28.

“I would [like] to implore all drivers to stick to the speed limit as it regards to the Bay Road. There was an accident on Saturday; and the speed limit within that area is 20 miles per hour. Notwithstanding that you’re driving at that speed, you also must be aware that people, we’re only humans and some people tend to cross unnoticeably. For the pedestrians, please utilise the two crossings on the Bay Road; that is by the old Treasury and in the vicinity of Social Security.”

According to reports, this past Saturday, a female was struck by a motor van while attempting to cross the street in the vicinity of the Chinese Supermarket on the Bay Road. She was transported to the Joseph N France General Hospital via ambulance and treated before being released.

The 2022 traffic data for St.Kitts and Nevis was reported as the highest over an 8-year period. There were 1,756 traffic accidents in the Federation in 2022 compared to 1,664 reported cases in 2021; an increase of 92.

The most recent data also further reveals that 1,430 reported traffic cases occurred without injuries, 286 involved slight injuries and 34 traffic accidents resulted in serious injuries. Sadly, six road fatalities were recorded in 2022.

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