From: Acting head of communication Department
Inspector E.S Josepha
Philipsburg, 07 January 2021
Update on traffic accident on A.J.C Brouwers road
Police traffic department officers are still investigating the deadly accident which took place on A.J.C Brouwers Road, Wednesday January 6 at about 2:30pm. Two scooter riders collided and one of the victims lost his life.
According to the preliminary investigation, investigators believe the scooters riders were driving in opposite directions and simultaneously overtook vehicles on the A.J.C Brouwers’ Road causing a massive collision. The investigation further shows both persons were driving at such a high speed making it impossible for either of them to avoid head on collision.
The first victim with the initials A.M.J H suffered a left arm fracture and was brought to the Emergency Room by ambulance personnel at the Sint-Maarten Medical Center. The second victim C.D.W. suffered severe head injuries and unfortunately lost his life at the scene as a result of his injuries. The Sint Maarten Police Force would like to express condolences to the family and friends of the deceased.
The Police Force of Sint-Maarten continues to warn, scooter, and motorcycle riders, motorist about their behavior in traffic, especially during the busy hours of the afternoon. “Since serious accidents keep happening and because of the severity of the damages caused may eventually result in the death of the rider or someone around them. We have noticed an increase in risky behavior by certain groups of road users, which is causing concern for the safety of the general public. One of the issues that has our attention over the last few weeks are drivers not adhering to the speed limits and driving/riding in such a way that it is obstructing safety and free flow of traffic,” stated police in a press statement to the media Thursday.
Research shows that speeding is the second most common cause of road accidents. Since cars, motorcycles and truck accidents that involve speeding typically occur at high speeds, it is also a major cause of serious or fatal road injuries.
Driving above the speed limit is a common practice for many motorists. In addition, illegal behavior vastly increases the risk of losing control of a vehicle and causing an accident Even a small increase in speed can result in a much higher risk of being involved in a collision or other type of accident. As such, it is essential for motorists to be aware of the speed at which they are traveling and stay within the legal limits.
Stop reckless driving
The traffic Department of KPSM have also taken a looked at several reasons behind some very serious vehicle accidents that have taken place over the last few months where individuals were severally injured or lost their lives. An overview that was done showed that reckless driving was one of the main causes of these types of accidents on the island. Through this information the Sint Maarten Police Force would again like to caution road users. “A lot of the vehicle accidents could be avoided if everyone drive and pay attention to not only yourself but other vehicles in your vicinity.