Working to reduce road crashes
WITH CONCERN for the very high incidence of crashes on the roads and the negative social and economic impact, a number of public- and private-sector interests met to deliberate on the issues in late 1991. Discussions were prompted by a paper written by the late Professor John Golding for the Medical Association of Jamaica, which outlined the nature of the problem. The gravity of the problem dictated the need to establish the National Road Safety Council (NRSC), jointly funded by the public and private sectors. The first meeting of the NRSC was convened on September 28, 1992 and official recognition of its operation was granted by means of Ministry Paper #24, 1993. The mandate of the NRSC is:
To develop and implement road safety strategies and activities in the areas of engineering and traffic environment, enforcement and legislation, emergency response and public education.
To act as a national coordinating body and advocate group for the promotion of
To conduct public education programmes.
The NRSC is chaired by the Prime Minister and its Council includes representatives from the Ministries of Transport, Health, Justice, Security, Education, Local Government, as well as Police Traffic Headquarters, toll authority, other public-sector bodies, the private sector, The Jamaica Automobile Association, Insurance Association of Jamaica, Jamaica Gasolene Retailers Association, and the Drug Abuse Secretariat.
Activities are undertaken with the overall aim of reducing the level of crashes and lowering the cost to society, both in terms of human suffering and financial cost.
The NRSC recently adopted the Safe Systems Approach to Road Safety: I Safe Roads I Safe Speeds I Safe Vehicles I Safe Road Users