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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, says her administration remains committed to implementing measures aimed at promoting proper use of the nation’s roads and reducing fatalities.
  • The Prime Minister lamented the 150 road fatalities that have occurred since the start of the year. The figure is nine more than the corresponding period in 2014.
  • The country recorded 307 road deaths in 2013, missing the National Road Safety Council’s (NRSC) Below 300 target, and fatalities increased to 330 in 2014.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon Portia Simpson Miller, says her administration remains committed to implementing measures aimed at promoting proper use of the nation’s roads and reducing fatalities.

“This is why we are amending the Road Traffic Act. Discussions are also taking place to utilise more electronic surveillance systems, in order to curb speeding and the running of red lights,” she said.

The Prime Minister, who was addressing the launch of the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association’s (JGRA) 2015 Road Safety Month Campaign in Angels, St. Catherine on Wednesday, June 3, lamented the 150 road fatalities that have occurred since the start of the year.  The figure is nine more than the corresponding period in 2014.

The country recorded 307 road deaths in 2013, missing the National Road Safety Council’s (NRSC) Below 300 target, and fatalities increased to 330 in 2014.

The Prime Minister, who chairs the NRSC, said while Government and other stakeholders continue to implement measures to reduce road crashes, “the most direct and effective action to improve road safety, is personal responsibility by road users.”

Noting that “too many persons take road safety lightly,” Mrs. Simpson Miller contended that “we cannot develop, as a nation, if our people are dying from road crashes,” or “if the country’s already burdened health infrastructure is being called upon to attend to more and more injuries from crashes.”

“Road crashes retard Jamaicans economic growth and development, since a large part of our economic strength lies in our people, our human resources. The economic cost of motor vehicle crashes is estimated to be between one and two per cent of Jamaica’s Gross National Product. Road crashes are, therefore, counter-productive to Jamaica’s development, as they wipe out our national growth potential. All Jamaicans must take greater responsibility for (their) safety (on the roads),” she noted.

Against this background, the Prime Minister stressed the need for road safety programmes to be treated as part of the country’s overall national development plan, to safeguard lives, grow the economy, and build the nation.

She also welcomed and endorsed he JGRA’s Road Safety Month campaign, being staged this year, under the theme: ‘Road safety for Life’.

“The JGRA is an active member of the Road Safety Council. Your support continues to add tremendous value in the work to improve road safety. Thank you for your dedication,” Mrs. Simpson Miller added.