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Road Safety Awareness Topic - February 2023: Focus on the Road

February 2, 2023

Focus on the Roads

The Bermuda Road Safety Council (BRSC) would like to send our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of the recent road traffic fatalities. Our thoughts and prayers are with you during this time of bereavement.

During the month of February the BRSC would like to remind the motoring public that giving your full focus and attention while driving is very important. Sharing the road safely requires every road user to be conscious of one another, and the first step towards sharing the road safely is understanding why awareness and alertness are so critically important.

Each time you take your focus off the road, even if just for a split second, you’re putting your life and the lives of others in danger. Anything that takes your attention away from driving can be a distraction. Sending a text message, talking on a cell phone, and eating while driving are a few examples of distracted driving. Any of these distractions can endanger you, your passengers, and others on the road.

According to the Bermuda Police Service Traffic Collision statistics from January – December 2022, 262 accidents were caused by inattention. This number is very alarming as it proves that distracted driving is one of the leading causes of accidents in Bermuda. We must do better! Ignoring distractions while driving and maintaining focus on the road is key to driving safely. In order to keep focused while driving, you should follow these steps:

-Keep 100% of your attention on driving at all times – no multi-tasking.

-Don’t use your phone or any other electronic device while driving.

-Slow down. Speeding gives you less time to react and increases the severity of an accident.

As the BRSC continues to advocate for safer roads in Bermuda, we encourage the motoring public to do the same. All road users carry a responsibility for road safety, and good driving habits are essential. We can help to prevent the unnecessary loss of lives on our roads if we all work together and show consideration and respect for fellow road users.

We encourage all to drive with care and caution, reduce your speeds and don’t drink and drive.

Cautious Drivers = Safer Roads = Safer Bermuda

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