Published On: Mon, Aug 24th, 2015

Parliament urgently calls for a traffic plan

ParliamentWILLEMSTAD – From material damages to fatalities. Traffic on Curaçao compared with other countries is unsafe. The Parliament urges the Government to come up with a plan for safer traffic on the island.

The parliament met twice in 2014 on road safety. Today the parliament in a Public Meeting again on the subject. PAR leader Zita Jesus-Leito offered condolences to the family, as the first speaker, to the twelfth fatality this year. The parliament held a minute of silence for Richardson Jamanika, who died in a horrific traffic accident last weekend. The MP wanted to know whether there is a plan for safer traffic and what measures are taken to make traffic safer. From 1940 to 2013 there are 1264 people who died in traffic. The number of people who becomes handicap in a road accident is unknown to the general public.

In 2013 the Court of Auditors issued a report on road safety on the island. The investigation revealed that the information is fragmented and that the different actors that promote road safety do not work together. Lack of staff and money is partly responsible for that.

Marilyn Moses of coalition party PAIS said that with training and education there can be a change in the traffic. Moses’ most important issue during the debate was whether the Ministries involved in making the roads safer are working together. “How far are you with plans to solve the traffic problem? How high is this on the priority list of the government?” said Moses.

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