Take greater care on the roads, PM urges motorists

Prime Minister Andrew Holness has reiterated his call for motorists to exercise greater care in the use of the roads, to reduce unnecessary crashes that claim the lives of the nation’s children.

“I want to make an appeal for sanity and good judgment to be exercised on our roads. If you can’t do it for yourself, do it for your children, do it for my children, and do it for our children,” he emphasised.

The prime minister was speaking at the launch of Workers’ Week and Labour Day 2019 activities at the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) today. The activities will focus on the safety of children.

He lamented that over 120 of the nation’s children have died on the roads in the past five years and another significant number suffer life-changing injuries as a result of more than 70,000 traffic accidents, including accidents within 100 metres of school zones, over the past decade.

“This is unacceptable for a country that consistently says how we love our children,” he stressed, while denouncing the indiscipline on the nation’s roads, and “the unnecessary, aggressive and offensive bahaviour of some of our drivers”.

He added that the fatalities resulting from motorbikes are “very disturbing”, noting that many of those who are dying are young adults.

The prime minister admitted that while there are difficulties with the traffic management system, and sometimes difficulties with the design and construction of roads, which also contribute to road fatalities, oftentimes, it is “driver error, driver judgment and driver indiscipline” that are the main causes of the crashes.