Let us make road safety a way of life
AS WORLD Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims is being commemorated on November 20, Jamaica joins with the world community to remember those who have died or have been injured in a road crash. Their loved ones and caregivers are also being remembered as they suffer, too, as a result.
The theme to mark this year’s observance is: ‘From Global Remembrance to Global Action across the Decade – Vital Post-crash actions: Medical Care, Investigation, Justice!’ This theme relates to the call in the Post-crash Pillar 5 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for Road Safety 2011-2020, for which I signed a declaration to signify that Jamaica is a participant in this global movement.
The theme reflects the move globally towards using the Safe Systems Approach to road safety. This approach embodies the view that death and serious injury from crashes can be prevented and allows for consideration of mistakes made due to poor choices as road users. This approach does not ignore or encourage risk-taking behaviour, but acknowledges human vulnerability and the need for greater allowances for human error, and that these errors should not result in death or serious injury. As a nation, we must continue to act to reduce the spike in fatalities destroying our people and impacting our national development. There is too much pain, grief and suffering when we lose our loved ones, family and friends to crashes. We must strive to do our part to reduce the strain on the already overburdened hospital resources and the severity of the public health problem caused by crashes. Let us all join hands and hearts as we each do our part to make road safety a way of life. SIR PATRICK ALLEN Governor General Sir Patrick Allen