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Road Safety Council saddened by St Ann crash, deaths

Published:Saturday | May 28, 2016 | 11:50 AM

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is calling on Jamaicans to take personal responsibility for their safety on our roads in light of the tragic loss of five lives in a motor vehicle crash in Llandovery, St Ann yesterday.

Since the start of 2016, 160 lives have been lost on our roads, in comparison to 149 for the corresponding period in 2015.

Dr Lucien Jones, Vice-Chairman, NRSC, highlighted that the Council is horrified at the tragic loss of lives in the road crash, which he says, “could have been avoided.”

“The Council is saddened by the loss of five lives in one road crash. We commiserate with the families who now suffer from this loss," he said.  "We are asking all Jamaicans to take personal responsibility for their safety on our roads, as events such as these can lead to a life changing experience and a lot of pain, grief, and suffering for the victims' loved ones.”

According to reports from the police, the crash occurred when the driving shaft of the speeding vehicle in which the victims were travelling, became dislocated, and jammed into the surface of the road resulting in the vehicle flipping and subsequently colliding in an SUV travelling in the opposite direction.

Paula Fletcher, Executive Director, of the National Road Safety Council remarked on the negative impact of this incident on the downturn in the rate of crashes in recent weeks.

"We have been heartened by the recent decline in motorbike crashes which accounted for the bulk of fatalities since the start of the year. However, when multiple fatalities such as these occur, we again begin to see an upturn in the rate of fatalities." Fletcher noted. "As a nation we must not only be shocked at tragic fatal crashes, but we must also remain vigilant at all times to safeguard against the loss of precious lives on our roads."

She further stated that the cause of this crash underscores the need for the continuous spot-checks currently being carried out by the Police Traffic Division in conjunction with the Island Traffic Authority.

“These stops may seem bothersome to some motorists,” stated SSP Calvin Allen, head of the Police Traffic Division, “but we are trying to prevent crashes such as these when we stop vehicles to check their fitness certificates and road worthiness of the vehicles.”