KCNSA Editorial and TFTW January 13, 2010 – The Carnage On Our Roads Continues
The Carnage On Our Roads Continues
The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Works has reported that for the year 2010 in spite of the efforts made to reduce the number of road deaths to less than 300 this did not materialized as there were 315 road casualties. For the previous year 2009 the number was 347. The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) has been somewhat disappointed that in spite of several educational campaigns road deaths have surpassed the target of 300 for the tenth straight year and a lot more needs to be done.
The year 2011 has not started off with any encouragement, as we are not even mid-way in the month of January, and already some 8 road deaths have been reported. In the first working day of the new year, two persons were killed and five others injured when a motor car ploughed into a group of persons waiting at a bus stop. One week later, four persons were killed and three injured while attending a wake when a motor car left the road and mowed them down. The driver of the car subsequently died from his injuries. The Senior Superintendent Of Police in charge of the Police Traffic Division has made it clear that the traffic police will not be easing up but will be going all out to increase their enforcement efforts to deal with traffic offenders and in particular those drivers who are speeding.
It must be clear however that the SSP and his staff alone cannot deal with the problem as it has to be a joint effort by all of us drivers. We must learn to operate within the framework of the law ie. we must adhere to the speed limit, we must exercise courtesy to other drivers, and in particular pay attention to other road users, such as pedestrians. The NRSC must however, place more emphasis in educating pedestrians in the proper use of the roadways, as many of them simply feel that they can use the road as if it is their private domain.
The NRSC is seeking to have legislation in place, which would make it an offence to drive while using a cellular phone, as there is the feeling (although they are those who will disagree) that a driver cannot be in complete control of his/her vehicle while chatting on the phone. Other legislation which the NRSC is recommending, is a new-look ticketing system and the installation of surveillance cameras at trouble spots.
Let us all work together with the Police Traffic Division, the NRSC and the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Works, to reduce the number of road deaths this year to less than 300 for the first time in ten years.
This week’s editorial was provided by guest editor Distinguished Secretary/Bulletin Editor Colin Ifill
Sponsor for the bulletin – Perishables Jamaica Limited via Distinguished President Norman “Tea” Wright
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