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Motorists urged to drive with extra care this Easter

Published:Friday | April 3, 2015 | 4:40 AM
The aftermath of a crash involving a truck and a bus along the Stony Hill main road, St Andrew, in October last year.

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing is appealing to motorists to exercise extreme caution on the roads over especially over the Easter holiday.

It says since the start of the year, 89 persons have died as result of road traffic crashes.

Of this number, 25 were pedestrians, 23 motorcyclists, 18 passengers of private motor cars, and 11 - drivers of private motor cars.

The director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, says motorists who have to drink during the festivities, should designate another driver.

He also says drivers should ensure their vehicles are not defective and check their tyres.

Persons transporting children are also being urged to ensure that the children are properly belted and fitted in the necessary protective devices.

Six of the 89 people killed on the roads this year have been children.

Meanwhile, Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. Morais Guy says if road users can undergo an attitudinal change and strictly conform to the rules of the road, Jamaica would witness a dramatic reduction in the incidents of road carnage.