Road Safety Council ramps up safety efforts for festive season as road crashes near 400

by December 3rd, 2020

With the festive season fast approaching, Vice-Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr. Lucien Jones says steps are being taken to tackle Jamaica’s road safety issue.


This, as the Road Safety Unit reported that 390 persons have died on the country’s roadways to date.


The below 300 goal has already been missed and with 4 weeks left in the year, there are concerns that the below 400 goal will also be missed.


Speaking with IRIE FM news, Dr. Jones notes that he hopes the curfew, due to the covid-19 pandemic, might help to reduce the number of road fatalities during the yuletide period.


However, he says a public education campaign will be launched with the aim of creating more awareness and ultimately reducing fatal accidents on the nation’s roadways.


He adds that a webinar will also be held on December 10 to promote safe speed.



Dr. Jones explains that the webinar aims to take a more holistic approach, to dealing with the issue of road safety.


He says this approach, will deal with aspects including, but not limited to, road safety systems, cars and car parts.



He stresses that to effectively reduce road fatalities in the country, it will take much more than focusing on persons who are disobeying the road safety rules.



Vice-Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr. Lucien Jones.




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