17 May 2012

American Samoa records zero road toll in 2011

2:16 pm on 17 May 2012

American Samoa had no road fatalities last year, the first time there have been no traffic related deaths in recent memory.

The Department of Public Safety says there were a lot of close calls but the use of selt belts helped prevent deaths.

The co-ordinator of the Highway Safety Programme, Fred Scanlan, says they have launched their latest awareness campaign to encourage people to keep buckling up.

"Just a reminder, out there, to continue to be compliant as far as the law goes and everybody will be safe. Last year we didn't have any fatalities and we had a lot of close calls and crashes. It could have been worse to be honest with you. We had a total of 18 close calls last year - they were all wearing seat belts."