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  • A total of 150 persons have died in road crashes since the start of 2015, a figure which represents an increase of 9 more deaths when compared to the corresponding period last year.
  • Concerned and committed to stemming the trend, Prime Minister Portia Simpson is urging Jamaicans to take greater personal responsibility for road safety, even as the Government implements strategic measures to make the use of the nation’s roads safer for all.
  • The Prime Minister urged all road users to approach our roadways with patience, kindness, alertness and diligence in an effort to reduce road crashes.

A total of 150 persons have died in road crashes since the start of 2015, a figure which represents an increase of 9 more deaths when compared to the corresponding period last year. Concerned and committed to stemming the trend, Prime Minister Portia Simpson is urging Jamaicans to take greater personal responsibility for road safety, even as the Government implements strategic measures to make the use of the nation’s roads safer for all.

Speaking at the Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association’s (JGRA) National Road Safety Month launch on Wednesday June 3, at Coore’s Fesco service station in Angels, St. Catherine, Mrs. Simpson Miller said that as part of efforts to reduce road crashes Government will be updating the Road Traffic Act and continue to carry out various public awareness campaigns. Government is also looking at implementing more electronic surveillance systems in order to curb speeding and the running of red lights.

Nevertheless, the Prime Minister said that it will take the combined efforts of all Jamaicans to reverse the developing trend of increased deaths due to road crashes. She said that while the National Road Safety Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Works, the National Road Safety Council, the Police and the JGRA, remain committed to ongoing road safety public awareness campaigns, “the most direct and effective action to improve road safety is personal responsibility by road users.”

The Prime Minister added that road safety is a matter that continues to have the focused attention of her Administration since “road safety is important for national development.” She noted that “road safety programmes are therefore seen as a part of a national plan to protect families, grow our economy and build our nation.”She explained that “we cannot grow and develop as a nation if our people –children and adults – are dying from crashes.”

Speaking specifically to the protection of children on the roadways, the Prime Minister reminded that “it is our duty and our ultimate trust as a society to preserve and protect the lives of our children…while they use the nation’s roads.” She added that “no child should feel threatened as he or she travels daily to school, church or to participate in any social activity.”

The Prime Minister urged all road users to approach our roadways with patience, kindness, alertness and diligence in an effort to reduce road crashes.