The Bahamas Striping Group of Companies (BSGC) is ensuring that the traffic fatality victim count in 2016 will begin to decrease.
The country continues to record an average of fifty traffic fatality related deaths annually. Primary contributing factors are drunk driving, speed, and poorly lit roads.
BSGC is presently in Abaco applying thermoplastic beads and reflective spheres on all of the dangerous curves on the roads on the island.
President, Atario Mitchell commended The Ministry of Works for its commitment and zeal to enhance the safety of the roads in the Family Islands.
“Shortly before the end of the year, two persons died and another two were seriously injured on the Don McKay Boulevard. Throughout 2015, a number of Abaconians lost their lives, or sustained injuries due to poorly marked roads,” said Mitchell.
Mr. Mitchell also indicated that the application of the thermoplastic beading and cat eyes will provide the retroreflectivity necessary for a bright appearance at night, which will be able to assist motorists as they approach the curves, which is an important contribution to road safety.
He added, ”BSGC is primarily concerned about road safety, but we are also concerned about building a strong economy. Our scope of work will have us here in Abaco for a month, and during this time, we will employ five Abaconians, so that the money will stay in Abaco. Not only does it provide a job opportunity, the young men employed can also learn a trade. I am also an Abaconian at heart as I was born, raised, and schooled here and I will guarantee that not only will the roads be safe for all but the work will be completed to the highest international standards.”
Mr. Renardo Curry, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for North Abaco indicated that Bahamas Striping could not have come to Abaco at a better time.
He added, “The five miles of curves from Wood Cay to Central Abaco is a grave concern for us in Abaco. Many Abaconians choose to stay in at night time because the roads are not lit, and it is a safety hazard.”
Mr. Curry said that a good percentage of the residents work in the north and between central Abaco and this will assist them tremendously with traveling to and from work, and ultimately it will mitigate the accidents on the road. The tourists are always concerned about driving on the roads at night and this will impact the Abaco economy because tourists will be more inclined to go to restaurants in the evening and experience the flavor and the culture of the island which is one of the reasons why they travel to our islands.