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Big drop in traffic violations


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Police are recording a drastic reduction in traffic violations and a smaller decrease in the number of road accidents.

And this has come in for praise from a well-known road safety advocate.

Speaking at the National Consultation on Traffic Management at the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre on Wednesday night, Sergeant Jennifer Gibson, of the Royal Barbados Police Force’s Research Department, revealed that while 13 323 traffic offences were reported between January and July last year, only 8 777 were reported for the same period this year.

 She, however, could not provide a reason for the decline.In terms of accidents, 4 671 were reported between January to July 2018, while the number for this year stood at 4 344. Gibson said the most significant reduction occurred in May in which there were 598 recorded accidents this year compared to 708 last year.

 “Overall, we have three territorial jurisdictions where we capture accident information, which are the Bridgetown, Northern and Southern Divisions,” she said. “Bridgetown tends to have the most traffic accidents by virtue of commercialisation and it is the most traversed area. (SB)

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