Road safety

Leave early, don’t rush to avoid crashes, urges Road Safety Council – The Royal Gazette

Updated: Nov 09, 2022 12:00 PM

Motorists were today urged to slow down and leave early to reduce the risk of an accident.

The Bermuda Road Safety Board also pointed out that the island has two official speed limits: 25 km/h in the town of St George and 35 km/h outside the town.

A BRSC spokesperson said: “Although the speed limit is increased on roads outside municipalities, this does not allow excessive speed on our roads. The speed limit is 35 km/h and must be respected at all times.

“Speed ​​limits are put in place to increase road safety and reduce the risk of traffic collisions. Without speed limits on our roads, there would be chaos as motorists could drive at excessive speeds, increasing the risk of collisions.

“Speed ​​is one of the main causes of collisions in Bermuda. Speeding on its own is a dangerous act, but when combined with driving under the influence, reckless driving or using a device, the risk of a collision is multiplied due to these factors.

“A big part of reducing speeding is giving yourself enough time to get to your destination without speeding.

“Bermuda may be a small island with no long distances to travel, but motorists are reminded to leave home five minutes early to account for traffic or any other diversions that may occur during the trip.

“By giving you an extra five minutes, it reduces the need to rush and get ‘road rage’ which can lead to speeding and other traffic violations.

“The speed limit is there to ensure the safety of all road users and to reduce the risk of collision. Remember to slow down Bermuda, drive carefully and don’t drive drunk. “