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Minister reports on road safety audits, plans for vulnerable users

Published:Wednesday | April 29, 2015 | 8:48 AM
Dr Morais Guy

Minister with responsibility for transport, works and housing, Dr Morais Guy, says the safety audits to be undertaken on new road projects in the island are to ensure that the infrastructure being put in place will be beneficial to all road users, particularly the most vulnerable.

Making his contribution to the 2015/16 Sectoral Debate in the House of Representatives yesterday Dr Guy said this will form part of the Ministry’s new policy directive and is being done to ensure that road safety is fully incorporated in all road projects from the design phase.

He said that this financial year, the Ministry will be focusing more on the vulnerable road users, namely children, the elderly, persons with special needs, pedestrians, motorcyclists and pedal cyclists.

Meanwhile, the Minister said during the 2014/2015 fiscal year, more than 80 road safety stakeholders, including the Jamaica Defence Force,  Jamaica Constabulary Force, National Works Agency, Island Traffic Authority, National Road Safety Council, Insurance Investigators and Ministry personnel were trained in several crucial areas of road safety.

The areas of training included: accident investigation and reconstruction; road safety audit management; defensive driving: driver behaviour, and risk index.

Guy said these road safety training programmes will enhance Jamaica’s road safety operations.