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  • Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says special attention must be given to persons with disabilities who traverse the roadways on a daily basis.
  • The Prime Minister said “We must ensure our roads are more user friendly for disabled persons.”
  • The Prime Minister noted that all relevant authorities share a responsibility to meet the needs of persons with disabilities.

Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller says special attention must be given to persons with disabilities who traverse the roadways on a daily basis. Chairing the first National Road Safety Meeting since the start of the year on Thursday, February 5 at her office, the Prime Minister said “We must ensure our roads are more user friendly for disabled persons.”

The Prime Minister noted that all relevant authorities share a responsibility to meet the needs of persons with disabilities, stating “Our roads must be constructed in such a way that it caters not only to able bodied persons, but also to those with disabilities.”

During the meeting which was attended by members of the Jamaica Constabulary Force and National Road Safety Council along with officials from several Ministries, Mrs Simpson Miller commended the team for remaining committed to the road safety programme. In an effort to meet the 240 or below target which was not achieved last year, the Prime Minister directed the team to strengthen its public education campaign by increasing the frequency of messages targeting pedestrians, cyclists and drivers.

Signalling their dedication to achieve this year’s target, the committee acknowledged that it will require a two- fold strategy, involving a more comprehensive public education campaign, and the support of the police in enforcing the law.

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