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    • Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is urging persons to be more careful on the roadways.
    • The call comes against the background of an increase in the number of road fatalities since the start of the year, which now stands at over 300.
    • The Prime Minister commended the members of the police force who have been working assiduously to protect lives and property by enforcing the law.

    Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller is urging persons to be more careful on the roadways. The call comes against the background of an increase in the number of road fatalities since the start of the year, which now stands at over 300.

    During a National Road Safety meeting on Thursday, December 11 with Hon. Peter Bunting, Minister of National Security, members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and National Road Safety Council (NRSC) along with representatives from several Ministries, the Prime Minister noted that the figures compared to last year were disheartening. “We are seeing too many road fatalities. We need to ensure that the figures are reduced next year,” urged Mrs. Simpson Miller.

    The Prime Minister, who chaired the meeting, commended the members of the police force who have been working assiduously to protect lives and property by enforcing the law. “I know the work has not been easy, and I must commend the team for remaining committed to protecting our riders, drivers and pedestrians by ensuring they adhere to road safety rules,” she noted.

    Acknowledging that the passing of the Road Safety Act will go a long way in addressing some of the issues associated with road safety, Prime Minister Simpson Miller signalled her commitment to ensuring the speedy passing of the bill. She also encouraged everyone to take responsibility for road safety, especially during the holiday season.

    “During this busy Christmas period and beyond, we have to do everything to ensure that persons exercise caution on the roads. All media should be engaged to assist in this mission, while the NRSC and the police continue to carry out their own public education initiatives. Persons must also take individual responsibility to ensure their own safety by being more alert, adhering to the speed limit, using designated pedestrian crossings, and wearing a helmet or seatbelt,” Mrs. Simpson Miller pointed out.

     

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