Traffic Chief appeals to drivers to take caution on wet roads

first_imgThe rainy season is known to bring along with it many things and road fatalities just happen to be one of those that cannot be accepted. This is according to Traffic Chief Linden Isles, who on Friday appealed to drivers to be extra careful on the wet roads.Traffic Chief Linden IslesThe Traffic Chief explained to this publication that road accidents and fatalities have increased for this year. This was seen when figures were compared with those for last year for the same period.“We had 35 accidents with 39 deaths last year up to today’s date and in 2019, we got 38 accidents with 40 deaths, an increase of accidents by eight per cent and deaths by two per cent,” he said.In light of this, the Traffic Chief is calling on all road users to be careful on the wet roadways.“When the road surface is wet, there is less friction between the tyres and the roadway so if brakes is applied vehicles tend to skid and the drivers tend sometimes to drive in water that causes water to spill on pedestrians and we know that while inclement weather is on, we have to reduce our speed because braking distance, when brakes is applied the vehicle will travel a longer distance before it can come to a standstill,” he explained.The Traffic Chief made specific reference to the fact that extra care must be exercised at night when it rains as the drivers’ visibility will be affected.“Because of the weather the vision is reduced so I would urge them to reduce speed and be more careful, think of the five C’s. Care, caution, consideration, courtesy and common sense. Especially at nights because the vision would be far more less because of the weather so they will have to drive within their lights, don’t try to outdrive their lights,” he cautioned.On Tuesday last, Guyana Times reported that one man died while two were left in a serious condition after the minibus in which they were travelling plunged into a trench at Garden of Eden, East Bank Demerara. The dead man was identified as 34-year-old Michael Cozier of Lot 3 Charlestown, Georgetown.Based on reports received, the accident occurred at about 22:50h as the minibus, bearing registration number BXX 3014 was heading to Georgetown at a fast rate of speed and while in the vicinity of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) Army Corps, the driver lost control.This resulted in the minibus toppling several times before coming to a halt in the trench. At the time of the accident, there were reportedly seven passengers in the minibus including a Police Constable, Linden Charles, and Devon Benjamin.About a week prior, a 31-year-old office assistant of a mining company died after he reportedly lost control of the vehicle he was driving along the Rupert Craig Highway, East Coast Demerara.Dead is Videsh Lakeram Singh of Kitty, Georgetown, while his friend, Rakesh Ramsaroop, a customer service representative at Qualfon Communications, was nursing injuries at the Georgetown Public Hospital.Reports are Singh was speeding at about 23:00h that evening in the vicinity of Liliendaal, ECD, when he lost control of motorcar PLL 4706.According to the police, Singh’s vehicle was proceeding east along the northern lane of the northern carriageway at a fast rate of speed and while negotiating a turn, he lost control of the motorcar. The vehicle veered north into a nearby drain and toppled several times before coming to a halt.Several other fatalities were recorded during April.last_img read more

County checks bridge safety Is the span quake-ready?

first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! PICO RIVERA – Officials of Los Angeles County’s Department of Public Works are double-checking that design plans for the new Beverly Boulevard bridge incorporate the recently discovered Puente Hills faultline.Under the persistent urging of local resident Jim Flournoy, county officials recently took the design to an outside engineering consulting firm to ensure that the 6-year-old bridge design can accommodate the new seismic information first detected in 1999.“The bridge was designed in 1999 and does not take into account this \ fault,” said Pat BeChellias, deputy director of the county’s Department of Public Works.“However, due to the gentleman’s insistence, we went to the outside geotech firm to compare the updated information to ours in order to answer conclusively.”BeChellias said county engineers believe the bridge design is conservative enough to survive an earthquake involving the Puente Hills fault, therefore he did not anticipate any added costs or delays to the project.“Results from the analysis should be available next week,” BeChellias said. “However, if results are what we believe they will be, there won’t be any delays. If not, the impact would depend on how close (the design) is to being right.”In 1997, Los Angeles County Supervisor Gloria Molina told officials from Montebello and Pico Rivera, co-owners of the bridge, to set aside money for the bridge’s replacement. Using the 1996 Caltrans guidelines, a new bridge design was completed by 1999.On the day federal funding was approved for the project a month ago, the bridge was destroyed when a homeless man accidentally set fire to the structure while trying to keep warm. Flournoy, a Rosemead resident and former contractor, has been agitating for Caltrans to update its seismic standards to include the new fault, saying scientists have predicted damage from a 7.5 Puente Hills-induced quake to be much higher than the same size quake by the Whittier fault.“They \ have a good opportunity before they build this bridge to check and make sure the design is updated,” Flournoy said. “There is no policy to prompt Caltrans to update their standards, even when the information is out there.”Chief Seismologist for Caltrans Lalliana Mualchin said the new seismic information is currently being integrated into a new set of standards and should be completed “soon,” although he did not give a specific time.“It’s a big state with a lot of bureaucracy,” Mualchin said. “We live at the good will of our colleagues at universities. Of course we must evaluate whether it \ is worthy of consideration, but if we are being informed by someone who’s aware, then we can and should include the information in our standards.”Long thought to have been caused by the Whittier fault, the 1987 earthquake, which registered 5.9 in magnitude, caused eight deaths and $358 million in property damage.However, seismic studies over the past several years uncovered the Puente Hills “blind-thrust” fault that came close to the surface under some of the area’s hills. Scientists now believe the “blind-thrust” fault helped create the topography of the Puente Hills and caused the Whittier quake, said Eldon Gath, president of Earth Consultants International, a geotech firm in Tustin.Flournoy pointed to damage estimates from a Puente Hills quake by Caltech professor Edward Field of the U.S. Geological Survey. In a May 2005 paper, Field warned of possible economic losses between $82 billion and $252 billion with 3,000 to 18,000 fatalities and 142,000 to 735,000 displaced households if the Puente Hills fault slipped. pam.wight@sgvn.com(562) 698-0955, Ext. 3029last_img read more