An Open Letter to all Guyanese
From: Cops and Faith Community Network
Fellow citizens. Indeed we are well and truly into the choice Christmas season, a time when our interaction with each other is usually guided by the words of peace on earth and goodwill towards all men. Typical of our traditional Guyanese celebrations is the usual hustle and bustle to provide the best for our loved ones.
Commendable as our efforts are we need to be especially careful as we go about our various activities. The recent incidents of road accidents highlight an area of our national life where the exercise of greater civic mindedness is extremely necessary. The horrific road accidents which have resulted in the tragic loss of lives are certainly not reflective of a season in which the precious gift of human life ought to be valued and celebrated by all.
The carnage on our roads leads not only to the wanton loss of valuable lives which as a nation we can ill-afford but also the destruction of property and untold pains and suffering to survivors and grieving relatives alike. The cumulative effects of road accidents we would agree are not only limited to the affected families but also to our communities and they strike at the heart of our Guyanese civility.
To stem the pain and suffering associated with accidents we must not merely possess a sound knowledge of the pertinent rules and regulations but more importantly we are required to actively consider, participate and intentionally apply the time tested and proven five (5) Cs for good road use – Care, Courtesy, Consideration, Common Sense and Caution.
Given our noted hospitality and resilience as a people, adopting safer road practices is certainly not beyond our collective capacity to achieve. We can do it together, so let us assign greater value to the sanctity of life by reducing road accidents and make our roads safe. May we all have a joyous and peaceful Christmas.