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On an almost daily basis motorists have to contend with stray/roaming animals on the East Coast of Demerara main road. It is also not uncommon to pass dead animals on the road or the roadside; often remaining there to decompose, thereby presenting an unsightly appearance and stench to the passersby.
These stray/roaming animals are a menace for the following reasons:
When hit, they leave motorists with thousands of dollars in damages to their vehicles.
They cause a disruption to the smooth flow of traffic, resulting in delays to travelers.
They litter the roadway with their dung.
In trying to avoid hitting them, motorists may collide with pedestrians or vehicles, which could result in injuries and/or death to road users.
The inconvenience suffered and time lost when vehicles have to be taken to the workshop.
Nevertheless, it must not escape us that some of these animals carry scars and/or injuries resulting from being hit by vehicles and some even die. The owners of these animals must be more considerate of the safety of their own animals and road users. The horses do not seem to have owners.
Herein then is a renewed call for the relevant authorities to collaborate in order to expunge this menace from our roadways. Is this too much to ask for? I think not.
Bernel L.H. Wickham