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  • The month of June is being observed as Road Safety Awareness Month under the theme ‘Road Safety For Life’. Activities during the month will focus heavily on the most vulnerable road users, such as children, the elderly, motorcyclists and pedestrians.
  • Other activities for Road Safety Awareness Month include the staging of the Jamaica Driver Safety Conference on June 24 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road, St. Andrew.

The month of June is being observed as Road Safety Awareness Month under the theme ‘Road Safety For Life’. Activities during the month will focus heavily on the most vulnerable road users, such as children, the elderly, motorcyclists and pedestrians.

Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Kenute Hare, told JIS News that statistics reveal that the majority of road traffic deaths are among persons in these groups.

He said the Unit will also be giving attention to drivers in the 20-29 age group.

He noted that more than 40 of the persons killed since the start of the year are in that age cohort, which is cause for concern.

“We will be targeting the males in that age group through our On the Road Safety Outreach Programme, because 50 per cent of the males who have been killed in road crashes are between the ages of 20 and 29,” he told JIS News.

Mr. Hare informed that during the month, personnel from the Road Safety Unit will provide safety tips to motorists along major corridors. He said the team will be assisted by the police in the effort.

He noted that the Unit will continue to have a presence in primary schools across the island, throughout the month and beyond.

Other activities for Road Safety Awareness Month include the staging of the Jamaica Driver Safety Conference on June 24 at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre on Hope Road, St. Andrew.