NRSC appeals to road users
WITH road fatalities already at 29, the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is appealing to road users to excerise care.
"We can't emphasise enough the importance of greater care by all road users. I urge pedestrians to use pedestrian crossings and sidewalks where provided. They are intended to help ensure your safety. Motorists also need to be on the lookout for pedestrians. Too many times senseless deaths occur on the roads because of careless actions," said Dr Lucien Jones, NRSC vice-chairman.
Pedestrians have accounted for the highest number of road fatalities over the last three years and represented 29 per cent or 89 of the 306 persons killed in road crashes in 2013.
So far, 8 pedestrians, six motorcyclists and five pedal cyclists have been killed for 2014.
The NRSC is encouraging all road users to observe the following basic safety rules: use pedestrian crossings and overhead bridges; cross only where and when it is safe to do so; wear light-coloured clothing at nights; use sidewalks where possible; wear helmets when operating a motorcycle or bicycle; and maintain the posted speed limits.
"We intend to continue the campaign to have road fatalities remain below the 240 target this year. All road users need to understand that they have a role to play in saving the lives of the many Jamaicans who use the roads daily," Dr Jones added.