Monday 14 October, 2019

NGO calls for defensive driving after teen dies in highway accident

Photo: Road safety NGO Arrive Alive called for additional safety barriers and called on drivers to practice safe driving after a 19-year-old teenager was killed in highway accident near Maloney on March 30, 2019. Photo via Arrive Alive.

Photo: Road safety NGO Arrive Alive called for additional safety barriers and called on drivers to practice safe driving after a 19-year-old teenager was killed in highway accident near Maloney on March 30, 2019. Photo via Arrive Alive.

Road safety NGO, Arrive Alive, is once again calling on drivers to practice safe driving, as well as calling on government to enact safety barriers, after a 19-year-old teenager was killed in a highway accident near Maloney on Saturday.

The group said in a statement that the 19-year-old, identified by media reports as Malick Alexander, lost control of his vehicle while heading east along the Churchill-Roosevelt Highway on Saturday morning. 

The group issued condolences to his family and called on the Ministry of Works and Transport to enact safety barriers at that location.

The group is also calling for mandatory defensive driving training within the licensing system (some insurance companies offer reduced insurance premiums for young drivers with the completion of a defensive driving course). 

"Maloney - Our condolences to the family of this young man just 19 yr old. He was heading east when he lost control and crossed the median hitting a Ford Ranger head on. This young driver was ejected from the vehicle on impact...no seatbelt it seems. Please let’s all wear our seatbelts and obey the speed limit. We do hope the driver of the Ford Ranger survives this serious collision."

"We need to close that gap at the Licencing Office and include mandatory defensive driving in our licencing System to teach good driving habits from 17 yrs old, prior to the privilege of obtaining a driver’s permit."

"We also ask the Ministry of Works & Transport for barriers at this location to avoid cross over collisions. An extensive barrier and guard rail programme throughout T&T is essential to protect life," the group said. 

Alexander was said to driving along the highway around 8:00 am on Saturday morning when he lost control of his car and crossed the median, colliding with another vehicle which was on the west-bound lane of the highway.

Alexander succumbed to his injuries as a result of the collision.

Police are investigating the incident. 

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Editor's note: This story has been amended to include that some insurance companies offer reduced insurance premiums with the completion of a defensive driving course.  

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