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Holness to make road safety a priority

Published:Friday | April 8, 2016 | 4:58 PM
Holness ... since the start of the year, 111 persons have died on the nation's roads.

Prime Minister Andrew Holness says the Government is committed to making road safety a priority.

He was speaking at a meeting with Minister of Transport and Mining, Mike Henry, members of the National Road Safety Council, and other stakeholder groups at the Office of the Prime Minister.

Since the start of the year, 111 persons have died on the nation's roads.

This is six more than the 105 fatalities for the corresponding period in 2015. 

 

The meeting was held to discuss measures to address the upsurge in road crashes.

Speaking with journalists following the meeting, Henry said the passage of the Road Traffic Act will be a critical focus of his ministry.

He also said the government will be working to ensure it is passed in the House as soon as possible. 

The Bill covers areas such as the establishment of the Island Traffic Authority and its functions, the road code, classification of vehicles, revocation of certificate of fitness; the application, granting and refusal of learner’s permit or driver’s licence, and offences relating to the licensing of a driver.