Tip

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.

Pedestrians:

  • 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.

 Pedal Cyclists:

  • 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.

Children:

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