By OMAE KOAKE
It has been revealed in a recent road safety report that generally people between the ages of 10 and 40 years die as victims of road accidents in the country.
Most of these deaths are caused through excessive speeding, alcohol and drugs use, fatigue, vechicle factors, defects in road signs and simple carelessness of the drivers.
It is sad to note that most of these tragic accidents on record occur on national highways and major roads, a situation the National Government notes as a matter of seriousness. Statistics showed that 39 per cent of deaths were pedestrians, 10.6 per cent drivers of four wheel drives, 49.3 per cent passengers of four wheel drives and 0.8 per cent cyclists. traffic accidents in the report showed 39 per The proportion of the Road Traffic Deaths statistics shows Pedestrians 39%, Drivers of 4WD vehicles 10.6%, Passengers of 4WD 49.3% and cyclists 0.8%.
In a seminar held on Friday at the Granville Motel, the 2008 Global Status Report on Road Safety in Papua New Guinea was presented by the Departments of Health and Police. The Road Safety Survey was facilitated by the two departments in 2008 with the assistance from stakeholders which are the Motor Vehicle Insurance Ltd, St. Johns , National Road Safety Council, Traffic and the Land Transport Division.
The purpose of the seminar was to launch the Global Road Safety Report and hand over the report to the Works and Transport Minister.
In the seminar, the National Road Safety Council CEO, Frank Aku, said according to the revealed statistics, there is a serious problem in the country regarding road safety. He said that there were road safety laws in the country for the last 20 years or so but no one or agency is seriously enforcing them.
He said that his establishment is trying it's best to enforce the rules and strongly urged other partners and sakeholders to do likewise. " It is time now for all partners and stakeholders to work in partnership and constantly collaborate to decrease the road accidents," said Mr Aku.
" Those who register vehicles, issue licences and enforce the laws must collaborate now for the interest of the lives of our people or else all matters regarding transportation would be done corruptively."
There was also suggestions made to build more over-head bridges for major cities, station traffic lights near major schools, separate lanes for cyclists and introduce sub-ways and train systems among others to decrease road accidents as much as possible.