– Min. Lawrence implores road users

Minister of Public Health, Volda Lawrence has joined the chorus of voices calling for citizens to adhere to the rules of the road, especially during this holiday season.

The minister made the call recently while visiting victims of the auto accident at Mahaicony which claimed the lives of five minibus passengers, including a pregnant woman. “You might not get to your destination at the time you were scheduled but it’s better to arrive alive. I want to call on everyone to be vigilant, especially during the hustle and bustle for Christmas,” she said.

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Reminding drivers that they were in charge, she urged them not to be goaded into driving recklessly.  The minister also encouraged road users to familiarise themselves with the relevant laws and to “look out for each other.” “We don’t have to be in a hurry; we just have to be respectful of each other. Irrespective of if we are using a busy public road or whether we are using a road with less traffic let us remember not to speed,” Minister Lawrence said.

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In an invited comment, Mayor of New Amsterdam, Her Worship Winifred Heywood applauded the call and expressed similar sentiments. She noted that with the first-rate upgrades to many roads in the town, drivers might be encouraged to speed. “I would like to let my ‘New Amsterdamers’ know that it’s better to go slow and stay alive. Speeding kills, and we need every resident to be present to witness the future transformational progress of their town come 2020,” Mayor Heywood stated.

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Meanwhile, Georgetown Mayor, His Worship Pandit Ubraj Narine, highlighted that City Constables have been assisting to ensure a smooth flow of Christmas shopping across the city. He encouraged drivers to regard the ‘five Cs’ of the road. Mayors of the mining town of Linden and the town of Bartica, Her Worship Waneka Arrindell and His Worship Gifford Marshall respectively, have also joined their colleagues in reminding residents within their districts of the importance of road safety.

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