Road accident rate for January drops
The number of road accidents at the start of the year has dropped, the latest statistics have revealed.
A total of 96 road accidents were reported for January, compared to 112 in the same month last year and 115 for the start of 2019.
But the number of people who needed intensive care treatment went up.
A total of three people required ICU care in January, compared to one in the same month in the two previous years.
The percentage of admissions from the King Edward VII Memorial Hospital’s emergency department also rose.
The figure was 4.9 per cent in January, compared with 3.7 per cent in 2020 and 3.8 per cent in 2019.
The hospital also reported 14 admissions to general wards for January.
The youngest road accident victim for the month was aged 16.
There were two fatalities on the island’s roads in the first month of the year.
Oronde Wilson died on January 4 and O’Dean Phillips was killed on January 11.
Those figures are collated by police, not the Bermuda Hospitals Board.
Curfews were in force in January, although it eased on January 5 to midnight until 5am, from the earlier 11pm to 5am lockdown.
The Road Safety Council highlighted “travelling at speeds high above the speed limit, overtaking on dangerous road sections and riders overtaking with oncoming traffic” as the main cause of collisions.
Dennis Lister III, the council’s chairman, appealed to road users to “make better choices” and avoid breaches of the rules of the road.
⋅To view statistics for January 2021, click on the PDF under “Related Media”.