Call for Guernsey to have road safety officer post

Geoff Mahy
Image caption Deputy Mahy said the money for the role needed to be found

Guernsey needs a full-time road safety officer to help save young lives on the island's roads, the home minister has said.

His comments come after a 17-year-old boy was given two years detention for causing the death of an 11-year-old boy by dangerous driving.

Deputy Geoff Mahy said an officer could provide education on the dangers of speed and poor road conditions.

He said: "There is a lot of good work going on... but it's not coordinated."

Deputy Mahy said: "I believe a coordinated approach would be beneficial because there is colossal emotional cost to the community when there is a tragedy like this.

"There's also colossal financial cost when you weigh up all the police time, emergency services and medical treatment."

He said neighbouring island Jersey had a civilian post and Guernsey should try to find the money, which he estimated to be about £80,000.

Jersey's road safety officer advises the police on law enforcement issues and engineers on deteriorating roads.

Also following the case, a review of all aspects of motorcycle licensing has been undertaken by the environment department.

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