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Give priority to Road Traffic Act, says Opposition

Published:Monday | April 18, 2016 | 5:22 PM
Curious residents look at what was left of the Nissan Tiida, in which a brother and sister lost their lives along Brunswick Avenue, Spanish Town, St Catherine on Saturday morning.

The Opposition spokesperson on transport Mikael Phillips wants the government to give priority to the Road Traffic Act in light of the number of road crashes and fatalities.

The legislation was passed by the House of Representatives last November and should have gone before the Senate.

However, with the dissolution of Parliament in February, all items, including the Road Traffic Act, fell off the legislative agenda.

The proposed law would put in place, new road traffic offences and provide increased penalties for current offences, among other things.

READ: Proposed fines for breaches of the Road Traffic Act

In a statement this afternoon, Phillips said he’s alarmed by the growing number of road fatalities so far this year.

The National Road Safety Council has released data showing that there have been 124 road fatalities since the start of the year.

The opposition spokesman on transportation said too many Jamaicans are losing their lives in what are seemingly avoidable road crashes.

Phillips is urging road users to act responsibly and obey the rules of the road.

The Road Safety Council says cyclists were most the most frequent victims of road crashes, with 41 motorcyclists and 11 pedal cyclists being killed since January 1.

ROAD DEATHS: Jan 1 - April 18
2016 - 124
2015 - 114
2014 - 101