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Study being done on Dyke and Greenvale roads

Published:Tuesday | August 16, 2016 | 8:37 PM
A policeman walks by the Honda CRV that a police officer was driving when it collided with a Toyota Yaris on Dyke Road, in St Catherine.

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport says it’s collecting data to prepare scientific reports on the Dyke Road in St Catherine, and the Greenvale Road in Manchester, where several fatal crashes have taken place recently.

It says the data-gathering process got under way on Friday.

Director of the Unit, Canute Hare, says when the report is completed, it will be turned over to the National Works Agency (NWA), for the necessary recommendations to be implemented to improve road safety.

Hare, who was speaking to JIS News recently, noted that more than a third of the crashes that have occurred since the start of the year were due to speeding. 

Hare points out that when a motor vehicle gets out of control at high speed, deaths and serious injuries are the likely outcome.

He is calling for drivers to cut their speed, particularly on wet roads.

Hare explains that speed limits are set for dry roads, and motorists should stay below the limit when the roads are wet.

Meanwhile, the Road Safety Unit Director says the NWA has started improvement work on the Bog Walk Gorge, and persons will soon see several signs on the roadway, backed up with public education on safe use of the road.