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More than 1,500 injured in crashes in 2016

More than four people a day were injured as a result of road collisions in 2016, according to new figures from the Bermuda Hospitals Board.

A spokesman for the Bermuda Road Safety Council described the statistic as “shocking”, saying that it should make the public consider how they drive.

“Unfortunately, people will read this and continue to behave appallingly on the roads,” the spokesman said. “Eleven people died on the roads last year and if that alone is not sufficient incentive to drive carefully, what is?

“The Road Safety Council will continue to do everything we can to advise people to think about the consequences of their actions when using the roads.

“People need to think about how the decisions they take when riding and driving can impact themselves, their loved ones and other road users who could be harmed for the rest of their lives, if they survive.”

According to collision statistics from 2016, a total of 1,557 people required treatment at King Edward VII Memorial Hospital as a result of traffic collisions.

Of those, 167 received treatment in the acute care wing and 34 in the intensive care unit. Eight were under the age of 18.

The spokesman also noted figures released by the Bermuda Police Service, which stated that 114 people have died on Bermuda's roads between 2007 and the end of 2016.

“Recognising the magnitude of the problem with motorcycle collisions, senator Michael M. Fahy, the minister responsible for transport, has directed the BRSC to develop a comprehensive Graduated Licensing Programme which will include on road training for new riders, and has also pledged to introduce speed cameras, both of which will assist in improving the road safety issue.”

The aftermasth of a two vehicle collision in August 2016 (Photo by Akil Simmons)

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Published February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am (Updated February 24, 2017 at 10:30 am)

More than 1,500 injured in crashes in 2016

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