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Minister of Transport and Works, Hon Mike Henry, has expressed regret at the tragic collision on the Palisadoes main road in Kingston, Sunday night, involving two students from the nearby Caribbean Maritime Institute (CMI).
The Minister also expressed concern about another fatal collision in Trelawny, hours later, which resulted in three deaths.
Mr. Henry said he was disturbed that the efforts at keeping the death toll on the roads below the 300 mark this year were being seriously jeopardized, by the traditional hike in collisions ahead of the Christmas holiday season.
In a reference to the death of the students of the CMI, an agency of his Ministry, Mr. Henry said he felt “a personal loss within the family of an institution that I have literally taken on as my own.” He added that the institute had done well in expanding to meet the need for maritime skills globally, and he had noted the growth in its curriculum and enrollment over recent years.
“Unfortunately, in the midst of it all, we have now lost two of those who promised so much, which is really very sad,” he indicated.
He said the Trelawny incident was of no less account on the national scale, as both incidents had combined to put the target of under 300 road deaths this year under serious pressure.
“I am calling on all Jamaicans, whether walking, riding or driving, to be extremely careful on the roads this holiday season, as it is so much better to be around in January to meet the challenges of a new year,” Mr. Henry said.