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Bermuda's road death rate is six times worse than UK

Bermuda's road death rate is six times worse than the UK's, according to Road Safety Officer David Minors.

And according to the Police, the “vast majority” of this year's fatalities resulted from impaired driving.

Speaking before news arrived of the death of the 13th road fatality yesterday, Mr Minors said: “All twelve are local residents of Bermuda. All but one are male. Eight of the 12 fatal collisions involved a motorcycle.

“In 2010, there have been seventeen persons in the ICU, listed in critical or serious condition.”

He shared the statistics to highlight the fact that people must take personal responsibility for their driving, which has an impact on everyone.

Mr Minors explained: “Recently, I spoke with the chairman of a leading UK safety organization, the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents, about the level of road traffic collisions in Bermuda.

“After reviewing our collision statistics per capita of previous years, he concluded that Bermuda's fatal collision rate is six times worse than that of the UK.”

He said measures to address the problem must include enforcement and responsibility for personal driving habits. “All we ask is that you remember that all you need to do to change the chaos on our roads is simply to control you,” he added.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Paul Wright said he could not specify how many of this year's deaths resulted from impaired driving, but “the vast majority involve alcohol and or drugs”.

Mr Wright said there would be increased Police patrols over the Christmas period, but officers are relying on people to “help us help you” and “look out for each other”.

According to Anthony Santucci, chairman of the CADA campaign, historical data shows roughly 70 percent of road fatalities include alcohol or drugs.

He urged those who plan to drink alcohol over the festive season to ensure they use public transportation, get a taxi, or ask a sober designated driver for a ride home.

In addition, CADA's free Let Us Drive taxi service will be available on Christmas Eve and New Year's Eve.

The service operates from outside the LOM building on Reid and Burnaby Streets from 3.15am to 3.45am.

David Minors, road safety officer, Assistant Commissioner Paul Wright and Anthony Santucci, of the Council on Alcohol and Drugs.

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Published December 22, 2010 at 1:00 am (Updated December 22, 2010 at 7:00 am)

Bermuda's road death rate is six times worse than UK

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