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No children should be on the road after 7pm!

Wednesday, September 06, 2017

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Dear Editor,

I see in the Jamaica Observer edition of Monday, September 4, 2017 that a Cameal Stewart of the Ministry of Education is imploring motorists to “take care” of the children on the road at the start of the new school term, as there have been too many traffic-related deaths among the youth since the start of the year.

Apart from this avoidable tragedy, another thought sprung to mind upon reading that: Why are schoolchildren on the streets after, say, 7:00 pm?

There should be zero quantity of uniformed schoolchildren on the road at that hour.

Parents, whose responsibility it is to monitor their underage children's activities, should also be held accountable for the semi-vagrancy or loitering of their offspring, instead of expressing their belated concern with the long, mournful, wailing we hear when an innocent dies on the “killing fields” of our streets. Too little, too late.

Anthony Goffe

tony@peeniwalli.com

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