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New road safety device to be introduced

Published:Saturday | April 1, 2017 | 4:39 AM

The Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining is exploring the use of a new device designed to assist with safety on the roads.

The device known as ‘Brake Plus’ is expected to decrease the incidence of rear-end crashes.

The device is placed behind the third brake light of a vehicle and becomes operational when the brake pedal is depressed.

“This action causes the brake light to illuminate and rapidly pulse four times within seconds thereafter remaining on a solid light for as long as the driver’s foot is on the brake pedal. In this way, the gaze of persons travelling behind such a vehicle would be drawn to the series of lights and alert them to staying at a safe distance thereby averting possible rear end collisions,” a release from the Transport ministry says.

The ministry says the device is particularly useful in cases where drivers tend to be distracted while in the traffic environment.

Rearend collisions are the most common types of road traffic crashes in Jamaica, accounting for a third of all crashes.