Sunday 26 January, 2020

Road Safety Unit steps up campaign to reduce road fatalities

With two deaths recorded from motor vehicle crashes since the start of the year, the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport is reminding road users that the main causes of fatal crashes in 2017 were excessive speeding, disobeying traffic sign/signals, swerving, failure to keep left, and following too closely or tailgating.

With this in mind, Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kanute Hare, is again urging road users to exercise extreme caution on the roads this year. 

In a statement on Friday, Hare said drivers should desist from using their motor vehicles to create mayhem on the nation's roadways as the reduction of crashes and fatalities can only be achieved by correcting careless behavior patterns. 

He asserted that the majority of Jamaica's road crashes are related to bad driving practices and very poor judgment. 

He also urged motorists to change their behavior and think of other road users.

“Road fatalities are not just statistics, these deaths cause a great deal of suffering for the people who have lost a loved one or who are left with life changing injuries,” Hare said.

One of the two road fatalities since January 1 is a motorcyclist

 

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