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PN MP calls for public inquiry into Central Link death

Andrew Izzo Clarke Tuesday, 23 May 2023, 19:50 Last update: about 2 years ago

PN MP Ivan Castillo has called for a public inquiry into the recent death of Kacey Sciberras, who died in a traffic accident on the Central Link road in Attard early on Sunday.

Sciberras, aged 17, was riding as a passenger in a Chevrolet Aveo whose driver lost control and crashed into a wall and a pole at 3am in Tumas Chetcuti Street, the police said in a statement. She died at the scene.

According to a Times of Malta article, before putting in safety measures such as speed cameras, Transport Malta said that it will wait for the results of an external safety audit of the Central Link route.

"It's good to note that in March and December of last year, there were two similarly-serious accidents in the same place as the one that occurred this past weekend," said Castillo.

"We learned today that there is a safety audit, but why are we only reactive rather than proactive in cases where people are losing their lives after serious accidents?" he asked.

"I watched the video with the local councillor of Attard Victor Galea, where he said that the council is "fed up of chasing Transport Malta to install speed cameras." 

"I felt disillusioned knowing that the council had long told the government of this black spot and nothing happened. Where is the responsibility?" Castillo asked.

Castillo therefore called for a public inquiry in order to find out "where the blame lies, and whoever is responsible for this accident needs to respond. We cannot have a situation where, following someone's death, we carry on as before."

"This shows the state of the present government," he said. "A reactive government that is continually engaging in populist measures."

Instead of waiting for someone to die, we can be proactive and prevent this from occurring in the first place.

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