Road safety group appeals for lower speeds on roads
Motorists were reminded today of the dangers of speeding and the need to stick to the speed limit on safety grounds.
The Bermuda Road Safety Council warned that speeding was the leading cause of road collisions that resulted in serious injury or death.
A spokeswoman for the BRSC added: “Speed limits were created to enhance road safety and reduce the risk of traffic collisions.
“Without speed limits, there would be mayhem on our roads because everyone would be able to drive at whatever speed they choose.
“That is definitely a recipe for disaster.”
The BRSC highlighted that the speed limit was on most roads 35km/h and 25km/h in St George, Dockyard and at the airport.
The council added that the speed limit for Somerset Bridge and Hamilton Wharf was 15km/h and 8km/h at the wharf in St George.
The warning came as the BRSC chose “Better Late Than Never” as its topic of the month for November.
The BRSC spokeswoman said that the chances of a collision increased “tremendously” when speeding was combined with impaired, distracted or careless driving.
She added that adhering to the speed limit went “a long way” towards a reduction in the number of crashes.
The spokeswoman said: “One good habit to develop is to create more travelling time by leaving five or ten minutes earlier than usual.
“This is especially important if your journey encounters roadworks governed by temporary traffic lights.
“The idea is to give yourself ample time to calmly arrive at your destination.
“It may also be of benefit to choose an alternate route to avoid traffic congestion.”
Jahtino Richardson-Martin, 23, became the 15th road death this year after his motorbike in collision with a car near the Rubis gas station on North Shore Road, Smiths, on Wednesday morning.
Two other men, Tilhan Chitrananda, 30, and Matthew Cooper, 58, have also died as a result of road accidents in the last ten days.
The deaths have made 2021 the second deadliest year for traffic accidents in the last decade, with 2014 being the deadliest with 16 deaths.
The BRSC extended their appreciation to delivery service Sargasso Sea after they asked members of the public to report any of its drivers who broke the law.
The BRSC added that the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims would be held on November 21.
The BRSC said people who had lost a loved one on the roads could submit photographs and brief messages that would be included in a memorial video.
• To take part in the Bermuda Road Safety Council’s November 21 video, e-mail email@example.com