There has been a startling increase in deaths on the road this year. Please take note of this, and of the road safety tips that Jean Lowrie-Chin posted in her blog today, here: http://lowrie-chin.blogspot.com/2015/12/10-road-safety-tips-for-holiday-season.html Be careful out there! And please share this information, and the tips… I also wrote on this issue earlier this year on my Jamaica Gleaner blogs page here: http://gleanerblogs.com/socialimpact/?p=2742 Please take care!
Kingston, Jamaica – December 23, 2015: Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Calvin Allen, Head of the Police Traffic Division, is warning drivers about drinking and driving, and driving above the speed limit this festive season.
According to SSP Allen, the Christmas season is the time of year when there is a major hike in road crashes, which results mainly from speeding and drunk driving.
In a recent interview, he said for this holiday season, police officers will be patrolling in the various divisions of the island with portable breathalyser devices, as part of a strategy to reduce road crashes.
He is warning drivers that if they are found to have a level of alcohol above the allowable limit, they will be taken to a police station where an Intoxilyzer 8000 machine will be used to generate a report for evidential purposes, and an arrest made.
The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) supports this move by the Police Traffic Division.
According to Paula Fletcher, Executive Director, NRSC, her Council is also highly concerned about the major increase in crashes and fatalities which involve motorbikes since the start of 2015, especially in western Jamaica. There have been 103 motorbike fatalities in comparison to 57 in 2014 and 51 in 2013.
“Statistics recorded since the start of the year have indicated that most of the motorbike fatalities occurred in the western end of the island. We care about the motorbike drivers in the parishes of Westmoreland, St James and Trelawny who choose to speed and travel without wearing the proper safety gear, such as a helmet. It is for that reason and more we partnered with Barry G on December 14 in hosting an outside broadcast at the Negril Police Station,” Fletcher said in an interview recently.
Up to December 22, there were 354 deaths due to road crashes, while there were 304 road fatalities in 2014 and 290 in 2013.