Tuesday 11 August, 2020

Police issue safety warning for the Easter holidays

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) has advised that public safety is its priority as the Easter holidays reach its peak over the next few days, and consequently, the police are urging members of the public to be mindful of road safety practices, as outlined below:

Motorists and Pedestrians         

Chief among these is to always have a designated driver, as the tendency during the merriment of the season is to consume alcohol. Besides being illegal in most instances, the consumption of alcoholic drinks, even in moderation, is extremely debilitating for drivers, and many crashes have resulted from the poor judgement and decreased response times that alcohol use causes.

In addition, persons are being urged to refrain from driving when extremely tired or having a state of mind that makes absolute focus on the task at hand impossible. Additionally, drivers are reminded to:

1.            Obey the speed limit.

2.            Ensure all passengers are properly secured in the motor vehicle using seatbelts, car seats or booster seats.

3.            Ensure vehicles are roadworthy.

A special appeal is also being made to pedestrians, who are being reminded of the following:

1.            Make sure you can be easily seen at all times, especially at night. Light-coloured clothes are recommended.

2.            Cross the roads at the safest places possible; use a pedestrian crossing whenever possible.

3.            As much as possible, choose routes that are well-lit by streetlights for maximum visibility.

Beach Goers

1.            Do not leave small children unattended at the pool or at the beach. At all times they are to be supervised.

2.            Educate yourself and your family about what to do if in trouble.

3.            Do not swim or go in the water at all if the beach is closed.

4.            Get a friend to swim with you.

5.            Stick your hand up, stay calm and call for help if you get into trouble.

6.            Don't drink and swim.

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