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Slow down and save a life

Published:Saturday | December 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM


Many Jamaican drivers operate their vehicles at high speeds, endangering not only themselves, but their passengers and other safety-conscious road users.

There is no place to go, no job to reach, no money to collect and no errand that has to be run that is as important as our lives. We only have one. As licensed motor vehicle drivers, we must act with due diligence on the road and maintain reasonable speeds at all times.

With the alarming and depressing number of road fatalities that continue to increase every year, I implore my fellow Jamaicans, if not for yourselves, slow down for your families. Slow down because your families will be the ones left to feel the unending pain when you are unnecessarily and abruptly taken from this precious life we've been gifted by God.

We grumble when the police stop and ticket us for speeding, but consider how grateful those who have perished from their speeding would be to pay a $7,000 fine rather than the ultimate price! Consider a traffic ticket for speeding a gift from God that the worst outcome did not materialise!

Life is a beautiful thing and we should all take time to enjoy every moment of it. Slow down on the road and enjoy the ride.