SINT MAARTEN (PHILIPSBURG) - On Sunday morning, October 17, 2021, at approximately 03.50 am Central Dispatch was notified of a traffic accident that occurred on the Prince Bernard Bridge where the vehicle ended up in the pond.
Apparently, it appeared that the driver had been driving at such a high rate of speed that he lost control of the vehicle and collided with the guardrail, ending up in the pond.
The driver suffered only minor injuries and was later attended to by ambulance personnel. The towing company extracted the damaged vehicle from the fresh pond sometime later.
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.
Speeding, changing lanes without looking, hopping of scooters and motorbikes, and ignoring road signs are all classic signs of reckless driving. An illegal driving habit’s now one of the most common causes of road accidents on our island.
Reckless driving usually involves a motorist that is less concerned about other road users than they are. After having looked at the reasons why vehicle accidents happen, an overview was done into the location on the island where most vehicular accidents take place. Through this information the Sint Maarten Police Force would again like to caution road users.
A lot of the accidents happening can be avoided if everyone drove not only for themselves but also for the cars around them. Take heed the roadways are not your own avoid unnecessary collisions. The Police Force will continue to work towards keeping Sint Maarten roads ways safe but it is a job that cannot be done without the help of the community. In many cases, easy safety measures can be taken to prevent unnecessary accidents. (KPSM)