Together we can make our roads safer
decisions that can impact life. As we do not have control over the actions of others, all road users need to be able to perceive risk and take mitigating action. I call on all Jamaicans to be safer road users so we can all look forward to playing our part within our families, communities and the nation to further development and progress of our beloved country. ANDREW HOLNESS Prime Minister
IT IS with a heavy heart that I associate with this significant day, as we recognise the victims of road traffic crashes and the shattered families they have left behind. These families must now cope with the emotional consequences of the events. In addition, this day will enable Jamaica and the world to create an even greater awareness of the impact this disaster, called road traffic crashes, is having on our people, the economy and the world.
This year’s World Day of Remembrance theme is ‘From Global Remembrance to Global Action Across the Decade – Vital Post-crash Actions: Medical Care, Investigation, Justice!’ The theme relates to the call in Pillar 5 of the Global Plan for the Decade of Action for much-needed improvements in the post-crash response. It is a timely reminder for us to have proper response systems for victims. This includes on-site care, transportation and trauma care of injured persons, investigation, analysis and reconstruction of traffic crashes.
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Numerous studies of avoidable trauma deaths have suggested that in the pre-hospital and hospital phases, a proportion of blunt road trauma deaths could be avoided with optimal care. Please seek medical attention within the first hour of the crash, and don’t delay.
Efforts have been made during the period 2011-2014 to enhance Jamaica’s crash investigation, analysis and reconstruction skills to ensure that crash Henry
victims can acquire justice through the proper investigation and analysis of traffic crashes. My ministry ensured that road safety officers in the ministry, National Works Agency, police and military received three phases of crash investigation and reconstruction training.
We will ensure that our Road Safety Unit is fully strengthened to complement the police in this process, and my ministry will always lend a helping to the police.
Presently, Jamaica has the best cadre of crash investigators, analysts and reconstructionists in the Caribbean who have been providing the justice system with quality information on the specifics of the crash event.
Let us condemn bad behaviour in the traffic environment and where we see it, call 119 to report it. I appeal to the population to fully utilise the JCF Stay Alert app and let us leverage it not only for crime prevention, but also for road safety.
Thanks to my colleagues in Parliament for the vigorous debate that has taken place so far on the new Road Traffic Bill. It is my intention to have the bill passed in the Upper House as soon as possible. It contains a number of new provisions which promote road safety. I encourage you to get on board with the new bill when it is passed into law. Together we can make our roads a safer place. MICHAEL HENRY Minister of Transport and Mining
We are saddened at the loss of lives caused by road traffic crashes yearly. Since January, over 330 persons have been killed on our roads. Motorcyclists account for the single highest number of Jamaican males (81), who have lost their lives; 72 were pedestrians; 65 were passengers of private motor vehicles and 47 were private motor vehicle drivers. This has, again, exceeded the target of below 300. It should be noted that for every person who dies in a crash, many more are left with permanent disabilities.
The contributing factors of road traffic crashes in Jamaica are speeding, human errors, failure to obey the road codes and practise proper road etiquette, and defective vehicles.
The ministry will continue to work tirelessly to ensure that the roads are safer for all Jamaicans in accordance to the Global Plan for the Decade of Action.