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

IIroad safety.

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


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