Collisions: 1,419 Treated At Hospital This Year

November 12, 2017 | 20 Comments

According to statistics from the Bermuda Hospital Board, from January to the end of October over 1,400 people required the Emergency Department following a road traffic accident.

The statistics, from January to the end of October 2017, follow below:

  • 1,419 victims required the Emergency Department following a road traffic accident
  • 100 victims were admitted to the Acute Care Wing following a road traffic accident
  • 23 victims were admitted to the Intensive Care Unit following a road traffic accident
  • 8 victims 18 or younger were admitted to the hospital following a road traffic accident
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  1. sage says:

    Still no statistics on alcohol I see, or does drunk driving have no effect on traffic ‘accidents’? The “alcohol and/or drugs caused x amount of fatalities and/or collisions” they sometimes use is too vague to be useful, and this seems to be on purpose considering what Dr. Joe Froncioni said about the collecting of samples. I have yet to see anyone else question this total disregard for the true facts, so maybe the country is ok with the mayhem on our roads, including CADA, the Road Safety Council, the BHB and the BPS. Not proud to be Bermudian.

    • Jonathan Land Evans says:

      There’s an awful lot of dangerous driving on our roads during the daytime, when people are presumably not “under the influence”. No doubt alcohol (and drugs) play a part in the mayhem, but really it is speeding that kills, and is presumably responsible for all those overturned cars etc which surely wouldn’t happen if people obeyed the speed-limit. People need to consciously slow down and remind themselves to do so frequently while on the roads, and should not feel that they need to be speeding just because everyone else is. Particularly at speed, a moment’s inattention (one’s own or someone else’s) is all it takes for disaster to strike.

      • sage says:

        Alcohol more than ‘plays a part’ and since our liquor moguls’ profits are apparently more important than lives and unsustainable health costs, no itemized, accurate statistics are available, the will is simply not there, and the status quo will remain. As Dr. Froncioni revealed (some) people involved in accidents ending up in the ER “as drunk as skunks” are not being tested and everyone blames the other department. This allows people to shift the blame to speeding for instance. People definitely drink during the day too by the way. We also endorse drunk driving by having an allowable amount (0.8), and by saying roadside sobriety checks would be unconstitutional.

        • Herb Adderley says:

          Roadside sobriety checks ARE unconstitutional
          We have a constitutional right to freedom of movement and the police must have reasonable cause to stop you or would you rather that we live in a police state
          But I would agree that any collisions the police attend both or all drivers should be tested if warranted

          • sage says:

            Well Herb, we do live in a police state. How is it that straight through the 70′s until now the police routinely pull over people, mostly young and black, straight up profiling, under some BS reasonable suspicion in the misuse of drugs act and search them? No one thinks that is unconstitutional? I got stopped for a stop and search on East Broadway going about my business, my freedom of movement was not respected and there was no ‘reasonable suspicion’ either, but that’s ok too? Drunks enjoy carte blanche as usual. Making some drugs illegal and the most harmful legal is unconstitutional but hey who cares as long as they don’t encroach on Bermudas #1 drug of choice.

            • Herb Adderley says:

              Sage you are quite right that was against your constitutional rights but most Bermudians don’t know or read the Bermuda Constitutional Order and therefore don’t know their rights it was totally illegal for those things that you went through to happen but no one said a thing and therefore they got away with it but I know my rights and I will not allow this to happen to me or any members of my family

    • joe says:

      Totally agree. The powers that be need to be more transparent when it comes to the role of alcohol in traffic accidents. Otherwise we are just fooling ourselves with “lost control of his vehicle” explanations.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      Still no statistics on drugs I see, or does drug induced driving have no effect on traffic ‘accidents’? The “alcohol and/or DRUGS caused x amount of fatalities and/or collisions” they sometimes use is too vague to be useful, and this seems to be on purpose considering what Dr. Joe Froncioni said about the collecting of samples. I have yet to see anyone else question this total disregard for the true facts .. blah , blah ,blah

      Are the totally lawless , out of control freaks I see on the road between sunrise and sunset all drunk . I strongly doubt it . But I bet they’d fail a drug test .

  2. Catherine Dl says:

    Absolutely agree with sage. All road traffic accidents should have blood alcohol testing and it should be reported when an accident is related to alcohol. The serious accidents are likely very close to 100% alcohol induced. Cut out alcohol and driving and we’ll notice a huge difference.

    • sage says:

      Thanks, do you notice that after a fatality we are asked to provide police with information concerning the deceaseds’ activities and whereabouts prior to the crash yet no bar or liquor dealer has ever been held accountable? Is TIPS training which teaches bar staff (some of whom are drinking) to not ‘over serve’ enough or should bars/ events, which make good money, have to ensure people do not drive or ride home if they have been drinking? Personal responsibility plays a part but alcohol leads to bad decision making and false bravado etc.

  3. swing voter says:

    the condition of our roads has to be a contributing factor. pots holes, uneven resurfacing, and that nasty crap non-skid near crossings and speed bumps needs to go

  4. Truth is killin’ me... says:

    Alcohol/drug use. Heads in the sand. Like everything else!

  5. Chair, BRSC says:

    All of the organizations you mentioned work tirelessly and question why the mayhem on our roads is allowed to continue. We all contributed to the making of A Piece of The Rock, if you saw the documentary you would have seen our names in the credits. We have done a huge amount of work to write proposals for the legislation of Graduated Licensing (which Dr. Froncioni recommended in 1995), Road Side Sobriety Testing including revising the wording in Road Traffic Act for the blood sampling process, Speed Cameras and Control and the revision of Fixed Penalty Fines. We have given these proposals, with strong requests for legislation to be changed, to past and present governments. All of the people who give their time and dedication to these organizations do so because they want to see the carnage stop. They are all totally NOT OK WITH THE MAYHEM, as you put it. Maybe you could join one of these organizations who are all fighting daily to bring positive change and save lives. Feel free to contact me directly if you are willing to eat, sleep and breathe Road Safety advocacy.

    • Toodle-oo says:

      *Maybe you could join one of these organizations who are all fighting daily to bring positive change and save lives. *

      LMAO , yeah , I’m sure you want someone on one of your committees who can’t wait for herb to be completely legalized and for the allowance of 1200+cc motorbikes .. LOL

    • sage says:

      I appreciate your reply, I follow the councils work, in fact when the seatbelt law was proposed a fine of $2000 was recommended by the RSC, I suggested this was way too high considering drunk driving was only $800, I said $50 would be reasonable, more on par with a parking ticket, since you only risk your own safety by not buckling up. Not sure what a seat belt fine is now, but I believe it may be in the hundreds plus points. Running a stop sign and going the wrong way on a one way are still $50 like a parking ticket plus 2 points but third laning, which can be, and is, done safely (by some), is $800 and 10 points. There is no rhyme or reason to the existing laws and this as well as lack of enforcement of drunk driving, needs addressing before any new laws are created, IMO. I have spoken with Roxanne and David, past chairs and I will reach out so we can talk. Thanks.

  6. Triangle Drifter says:

    I wonder how Bermuda compares to other places for crashes per miles of road or crashes per miles driven? My suspicion is that we are very high. Disgraceful when you consider that our speeds are supposedly so slow.

    The carnage will continue as long as the BPS ignore all the little stuff & only show up when there is a crash. Get busy booking all of the dangerous driving & due care driving & the crash rate will go down.

    • Ouch says:

      The BPS motorcycle fleet was out in force yesterday afternoon near the airport roundabout. It appeared the strategy was to catch 4 or 5 speeders at a time and possibly move to another location and repeat the operation.

      • sage says:

        On $25,000 1300 cc bikes that 150cc bikes can “quickly elude”?( “Police chase plays part in fatality”) .Were they outside the Rugby Tournament preventing drunks from driving/riding home? If so why don’t they report how many DUI’s happened over the weekend like they used to? Too telling?

  7. John says:

    The number of accidents is too high, however unfortunately the only people who can test for alcohol (to be used in court) is BPS police doctor. He would need to be positioned in the ER constantly with that rate. This needs to be altered

    • sage says:

      They don’t even test just for statistical information either, so we can make sound decisions based on facts, sounds conspiratorial.

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