PM Golding Endorses ‘Save 300 Lives’ Project


Prime Minister, Bruce Golding, has endorsed the ‘Save 300 lives’ project, organised by the National Road Safety Council, to help reduce the number of road fatalities.
Mr. Golding, who is chairman of the Council, gave his endorsement in a message to mark World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims which is being observed today, November 16. Since the start of the year nearly 300 persons have died as a result of road crashes. ‘World Day of Remembrance for Road Crash Victims, was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 2005.
In his message Mr. Golding appealed to motorists to observe the speed limit. “When you speed, you have less control over the vehicle, it is harder to stop or take evasive action to avoid a crash. Obey the traffic signs. Be courteous on the roads. Be kind to other road users”, he pleaded.
He also called on other road users to be extremely careful when using the road, appealing especially to motorcyclists and bicycle riders. The Prime Minister had some words of caution for pedestrians, children and even the parents. “I appeal to the pedestrians. When you are walking on the road, when you are crossing the road, please be extra careful. If a vehicle hits you, you will most likely not stand a chance. Look out. Watch out. Be careful”.
Mr. Golding made a special appeal to children, urging them to stay as far as possible to the side of the road and to walk in single file – not in a bunch.
To parents, Mr. Golding said too often, little children – some no more than 5 or 6 years old, are left to walk on the roads by themselves. While appreciating that parents may have to be at work or somewhere trying to make money to support their children, he said they should not allow these tiny tots to be on the road by themselves.
Mr. Golding said that with the approaching Christmas, he is appealing to persons not to drink and drive, urging that those who drink, should get someone to drive them, as they might have to live with the consequences.
The National Road Safety Council, notes that more than one million people die each year as a result of road crashes and another 12 million people are injured. Every 3 minutes a child is killed in a road accident somewhere in the world. Road fatalities threaten to overtake HIV-AIDS as the leading cause of premature death throughout the world.
In Jamaica, 350 persons died on the roads last year and to date some 275 have died.

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