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Parliament to begin debate on road traffic bill amendments today

Published:Tuesday | June 9, 2015 | 12:14 PM
Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has declared that the Government is committed to saving the lives of Jamaicans with the passage of the traffic law.

The House of Representatives will begin debate this afternoon on amendments to the road traffic law that the authorities say will save more lives.

The bill was tabled in the Lower House in April.

Minister without Portfolio in the Ministry of Transport, Dr Morais Guy says the amendments will overhaul the current road traffic legislation.

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller has declared that the Government is committed to saving the lives of Jamaicans with the passage of the traffic law.

The bill proposes new road traffic offences and an increase in fines by as much as 1,000 per cent.

More than 100 people have been killed in road-related deaths so far this year.