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Cop urges unity to limit road fatalities

Published:Friday | December 5, 2014 | 12:00 AM
SSP Calvin Allen (left), Traffic Division head, converses with DSP Gary McKenzie (right), while DSP Patrick Murdock looks on during a press conference at the All Island Traffic Conference 2014 at the Police Officers' Club, St Andrew on Tuesday. - Rudolph Brown/Photographer

Alessandro Boyd, Gleaner Writer

IN A year that has seen an increase in road fatalities when compared to 2013, Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen, head of the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) Road Traffic Division, is hoping to end the year with under 300 road fatalities.

Allen was speaking at a JCF press conference at the Police Officers' Club in St Andrew on Tuesday.

At the time of writing, there had been a total of 289 road fatalities, however, the month of November had recorded 16 road fatalities, the lowest number recorded in a month this year.

Allen is urging road users to use November as an example and further decrease the number of road fatalities to zero for the month of December.

"A total of 16 road fatalities for the month of November is still too many. We would like to have it at zero. However, in comparison to the other months in 2014, it is the best month so far, and we are using that as a positive as we enter what we describe as the Silly Season," he said.

'WICKED TIME'

"It is a wicked time as it relates to road users, generally. We have called in all our traffic personnel from right across the island, and today we are hosting this traffic conference as we look at the plans and strategies that our traffic personnel will be embarking on for the Yuletide season, all of which are geared towards road safety," Allen said.

He further placed emphasis on the fact that the nation has lost too many lives on the nation's roads.

"I am pleading with all road users to partner with us in the JCF and the other road-safety units for us to basically surprise ourselves for December, 2014. Take it easy on the roads, especially when coming from parties," Allen said.

"We would like to finish the year under 300 road fatalities. The historical facts are not in our favour, however, this is why I am saying that we want all road users to partner with us as we seek to reduce the carnage on our streets," he said.

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