Carib Cement holds student safety sessions in Clarendon after tragedy
One thousand pupils at three primary schools in Clarendon received vital information on identifying and avoiding unsafe road situations, courtesy of Carib Cement, through its Global Supply Chain Vulnerable Road Users safety programme developed by Carib Cement’s parent company, CEMEX.
The Carib Cement team visited Cross Primary and Infant School, Hazard Primary and Denbigh Primary. Cross Primary was selected following the tragic death of student Aldriana Rowe, who was fatally struck by a truck along the Bustamante Highway in February while on her way home.
The safety exercise included a talk by the Road Safety Unit of the Ministry of Transport and Works, as well as demonstration of the blind sides of a truck by Carib Cement.
Carib Cement Head of Communications and Community Outreach, Klao Bell-Lewis says the safety programme is multi-faceted. “ Our Vulnerable road Users programme promotes awareness from both the driver and road user’s perspectives,” Bell-Lewis added that as part of its embedded safety culture, the company conducts a driving school for truck drivers that includes awareness of children and other vulnerable road users.
The principal of Cross Primary, Henry Mullings, said the institution welcomed the initiative, as it reinforced the road safety component of the school’s curriculum. “What works well is that the children are able to interact with a truck and see the blind spots for themselves.” The children were allowed to sit in both the driver’s and passenger sides of the truck to personally see the road and the blind spots from the truck driver’s perspective.
For the students, Carib Cement also reinforced the use of pedestrian crossings, the proper way to cross the street and making themselves more visible to truck drivers when using the roadways by raising their hands.