Motorists urged to look out for students, 10 children killed in crashes since January
With the increase in the number of children on the roads for the new academic year, motorists are being urged to look out for students as they travel to and from school.
Education and Information Officer for the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, Cameal Stewart, is imploring motorists to use extra caution on the roads, particularly during peak hours.
Stewart notes that 10 children have died in road crashes since the start of the year.
She is reminding motorists that they are to reduce their speed to a maximum of 30 kilometres per hour when approaching school zones.
Stewart is also urging parents not to allow small children to travel alone on the road.
She notes that in cases where children must travel by themselves they must be educated on the proper use of the road.
Children should always use the sidewalks and where there are none they should walk on the right side of the road facing oncoming traffic at all times.
Also, the use of cellular phones and ear phones or playing on the road should be discouraged.
For persons transporting children via motorcycle or bicycle, Stewart says they should ensure that children are wearing protective devices.