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Crack down on undisciplined road users

Published:Tuesday | December 29, 2015 | 12:00 AM

The Editor, Sir:

The Daily Gleaner newspaper has reported that Mr Jason Alliman a prosecutor employed in the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions and legal officer to Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Paula Llewellyn, Q.C., succumbed to serious injuries he received in a motor vehicle accident, earlier this month, along the Orange Bay main road in Hanover. He died in the Cornwall Regional Hospital on Sunday, December 27.

This bright, promising prosecutor who worked among the 44 prosecutors employed in the DPP's Office was, according to media reports, well liked and was a tireless worker and to have died in this tragic, sad and unfortunate way, highlights the fact that there are some reckless and indiscipline drivers on our roadways who show no regard for the Road Traffic Act.

Mr Alliman's death was avoidable if users of the roads firmly adhere to the prescribed speed limits and requisite road traffic code and desist from using the roads as a racetrack. Those minibus drivers who operate the route from Montego Bay to Lucea and Negril oftentimes use this stretch of highway as a racetrack and they need to be brought under some stringent monitoring by the police on a daily basis. Furthermore, the police should take action against drivers who flagrantly breach the speed limit on this heavily used highway. Too many fatal motor vehicle accidents have been taking place on this specific highway and on the North Coast Highway.

More than 340 fatal motor vehicle accidents have taken place across the country since the start of the year. Speeding needs to be cauterised on the nation's roads. The police need to more regularly patrol those highways heavily used by all categories of vehicles and contemporaneously implement a zero tolerance approach to persons who drink and drive vehicles. The Island Traffic Authority needs to conduct more regular vehicle testing on the roads checking for defective vehicles which are also contributing to the high accident rate and deaths. The legislation banning the use of cell phones while driving a vehicle must be promulgated into law quickly.


St James