Educating Adults on Road Safety
We make it a priority to pass on road safety information for safety of our fellow brothers and sisters.
Road Safety Presentation
Dream Weekend
Clarendon Seafood Festival 2017
St. Catherine High School Expo
Road Safety March for Child Safety
NWA Back To School Fair 2015
Hamptons High Career Day
Flow Skool Aid 2015
Road Safety Presentations in Primary Schools
An essential role/responsibilty of the Unit is to inform our children about road safety
G.I.S Day
Heelz and Wheelz

Road Safety Messages:

As Chairman of the National Road Safety Council; I am determined to make our roads even safer for our people, particularly our children and other vulnerable road users. As such, the Government is relentlessly pursuing efforts to improve traffic management and road safety in partnership with road safety stakeholders and corporate Jamaica.
The Most Hon. Andrew Michael Holness - Prime Minister
As Minister responsible for Road Safety, I appeal to everyone to do his/her part in making our road safety culture, one that can be the envy of the world.
Minister of Transport and Mining - Lester 'Mike' Henry
I implore everyone; make road safety a part of your daily lives, reduce cell phone use on the road, wear safety gears while riding a motor cycle, use your seat belt, be alert and practice defensive driving. Walk, ride, drive with care. Be your brother’s keeper; think not only of yourself but of others the life you save might just be your own.
Mikael Phillips - Opposition Spokesman on Transport and Mining
We are urging motorists and their passengers to wear seat belts and helmets, in order to minimize the degree of injuries from collisions.
Director of Road Safety Unit - Kenute Hare.

Police Corporal Daniel Bennett (left) of the Traffic Division explains why it is neccesary to use a speed gun to Shanique Weathers (centre), Juanielle James (right), and Jada James during the Road Wise Expo 2015 under the theme ‘Be Road Wise & Save Lives’, held on Saturday at the Police Officers’ Club in St Andrew Source: The Gleaner - Monday | April 13, 2015Andrew Harris

Jamaica recorded 100 road fatalities in the first 102 days of this year as efforts to encourage greater care on the road continue to fall on deaf ears.

Director of Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport Kenute Hare disclosed the numbers on Saturday during the Road Wise Expo 2015 staged by the University of West Indies (UWI) Open campus at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew.

Hare noted that this was the first time in Jamaica's history that motorists and pedestrians were seemingly competing for the top spot in terms of road deaths.

So far, 27 per cent of the road deaths are pedestrians, while 26 per cent are motorists.

"Our pedestrians are continuing to use the road improperly. They step out in the road without due care, not wearing light-coloured clothing at night, and it is important for them to know that they must wear light-coloured clothing as visibility at night is very limited," said Hare.

"The main problem is the excessive speeding. Reckless overtaking and inappropriate use of the road by pedestrians are also some of the fundamental factors that contribute to crashes and it, therefore, means that ... enforcement is a critical part of the effort to reduce road fatalities."

Hare added: "In the engineering and traffic environment, we have to make sure are that they are in accordance ... to make sure persons operate safely. Then we look at the emergency-response systems, which will ensure that persons get adequate treatment when they are involved in collisions."

According to Hare, the Road Safety Unit plans to utilise every tool it can to get the message out that 100 deaths in 102 days is a very serious matter.

He noted that while people tend to argue that the bad roads are the reason why people are having accidents, more than 90 per cent of crashes happen on perfect roads, those without any potholes or with other faults.

Hare further noted that very soon there would be a new Road Safety Act, which is being designed to revolutionise road safety.

"The current Road Safety Act is from 1938, and this one will make a lot of changes. It will be very effective in the operations of road safety," said Hare.

Chief executive officer of JN General Insurance Company Chris Hind shared that based on research and work that his company has done with the Mona Geoinfomatics Institute of the UWI, it is clear that people need to take road safety very seriously.

"Most accidents in Jamaica are caused by tailgating, but most fatal accidents are caused by speed, and the use of the road is very poor. The studies shows that the rate of road fatalities in Jamaica is four times what it is in the United States and nine times what it is in the United Kingdom, so that means you are nine times more likely to be killed in Jamaica than you are in England," Hind explained.

Hind charged that unless people start paying more attention to the road and less to the smartphone, road crashes would continue to be a problem.

"The sad fact is that motor vehicles travelling at high speed do terrible things to the human body," he said.

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