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Opposition Senator calls for review of Jamaica's speed limits

Published:Friday | January 29, 2016 | 1:17 PM
Williams argues that the current limits of 50 kilometres per hour and 80 kilometres per hour are equivalent to the 30 miles per hour and 50 miles per hour limits set almost 80 years ago.

Opposition Senator, Arthur Williams, says the time has come to review Jamaica's speed limits which have been in place since 1938. 

He made the call this morning during his contribution to the debate on the Road Traffic Act 2016, which proposes to modernise Jamaica's road laws.

Williams argues that the current limits of 50 kilometres per hour and 80 kilometres per hour are equivalent to the 30 miles per hour and 50 miles per hour limits set almost 80 years ago. 

According to him, vehicles have improved and the laws should be changed to match the latest developments. 

Senator Williams argues that it is a myth to say speeding is the cause of most road traffic crashes. 

 

Opposition Senator, Arthur Williams

He says the current limits are more about getting revenue for the government and less about safety.

Meanwhile, the Senate debate has been suspended until next week's sitting.

Justice Minister Mark Golding, who has been piloting the bill, says efforts will be made to ensure members get copies of various amendments to go through.