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The National Road Safety Council has revealed that at least 183 Jamaicans have been killed in road accidents since the start of 2016.
While there are many factors that contribute to road accidents, adhering to some common road safety tips could make a big difference between life and death.
As Jamaica Observes Road Safety Month, the JIS would like to share with you our readers a few safety tips to bear in mind while using the road.
- When using the road walk facing oncoming vehicles.
- Wear light-coloured clothing at nights.
- Clearly indicate to motorists your desire to cross the road.
- Walk in single file where there is no sidewalk or where the sidewalk is narrow.
- Observe traffic lights and stop signs.
- Do not hold on to moving vehicles.
- Ensure you are travelling in the right direction on a one-way street.
- Wear a helmet at all times.
Parents, ensure your children follow the golden rule before crossing the street.
- First they should look left, then look right and once again look left before and ensure it is safe before they cross the street.
- Young children must always be accompanied by adults.
Don’t Drink and Drive
When you drink and drive:
- You are less likely to observe traffic signs, bikers, pedestrians or cars coming from the opposite side.
- You are less able to judge distances and speed.
- You have less control over your reactions in traffic situation.
- You will develop a false sense of confidence