Arrive Alive President wants better investigations of fatal collisions

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    The Police Service is being urged to improve its investigations of fatal road traffic collisions to ensure justice for affected families.

    This call came from President of Arrive Alive Sharon Inglefield as she spoke at its commemoration of World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims on Sunday.

    She believes there is a need for forensic crash scene investigation techniques, implementation of DNA testing technology as part of evidence gathering for road traffic collisions, and better handover of road collision cases when investigators are transferred or retire.

    Ms Inglefield lamented the length of time it takes for road traffic collision cases to be heard before the courts, citing the case of nine-year-old Sachin Maharaj.

    He was killed with four other people in a minibus crash in 2009 and she says the case has been before the courts for the past 13 years.

    She also called on government to introduce demerit points and fines for drivers involved in road traffic incidents involving “vulnerable road users, such as pedestrians, cyclists, and motorcyclists.

    For the year thus far, 79 persons have been killed in road traffic collisions – an 18% increase from the previous year.