KINGSTON — The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Works is appealing to Jamaicans to be extra vigilant when using the roadways during the holiday season, to keep road fatalities below the 300 mark.
As at December 7, a total of 281 persons have died as a result of 239 crashes.
“We’re within touching distance of achieving that below 300 but it’s going to take a concerted effort from all road users. It would be extremely regrettable if we were to come January and say we have come so close but yet so far another time,” said Education and Information Officer, Julian Thompson.
He is encouraging persons to obey the rules of the road and use the required safety devices such as seat belts and helmets.
The Road Safety unit has been working to keep road fatalities below the 300 mark through its ‘Below 300 campaign’. Similar targets were set for 2009 and 2010 but they were missed. The feat was last achieved in 1999 when there were 295 casualties.
The mission of the Road Safety Unit is to promote and foster an orderly and disciplined traffic culture that is conducive to the development of a safe traffic environment, through the conceptualisation, design and dissemination of a sustained programme of public information, education in schools, legislation, accident information and research.
By Chris Patterson, JIS Reporter