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Premier: We must set tone for change on roads

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Michael Dunkley speaks at today's press conference on road safety (Photo by Mark Tatem)

Remarks on road safety by Michael Dunkley, the Premier and Minister of National Security:

Good afternoon and thank you for coming.

Tragically, several Bermudian families are mourning the sudden loss of loved ones who have met untimely deaths on our roads.

It is never an easy task to express condolences to grieving families but it is almost impossible to find words to comfort those who have lost parents, children or siblings as a result of events that are so unexpected.

As a community, we can only offer our thoughts, prayers and sympathy as they come to terms with such tragic losses in their family circle.

My colleague, the Minister of Tourism Development and Transport, joins me today and I know he shares my concern and the concerns of the people of Bermuda about the causes, results and effects of this spike in road deaths.

This is a matter of national importance and it requires a significant commitment of resources, political will and administrative action to begin reversing the dangerous trends that have crept into all our habits when using the roads.

While it may not be the Government’s sole responsibility to fix all of the issues in this area, I believe that it is our responsibility to set the tone for change.