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Henry makes another appeal for motorists to drive carefully

Published:Thursday | December 21, 2017 | 9:02 AM

Transport Minister Mike Henry has issued another appeal to motorists, to curb their bad driving habits.

He says if they do not, Jamaica could end up with approximately 325 road fatalities by the end of the year.

He says while this would reflect a marked decrease in fatalities in contrast to last year, any figure over three hundred is still unacceptable, given Jamaica’s per capita ratio.

Henry says 99 per cent of the fatal crashes were as a result of human error, which means they could have been avoided if motorists were more careful and less distracted.

The minister says he’s concerned that of the 311 road fatalities recorded so far this year, 263 have been males, representing a staggering 85 per cent of the total deaths.

Henry says this is nothing short of wanton waste of Jamaica’s young talents and productivity in the age group 19 to 35 years.

He condemns the aggressive and dangerous behaviour of some motorists, particularly the drivers of some coaster buses and route taxis in rural townships and the corporate area.

Henry wants the police and the Island Traffic Authority to intensify their enforcement activities, as the holiday activities reach fever-pitch levels.

In the meantime, the Transport Minister is urging celebrants of the festive season to do so with caution and to appoint a designated driver when alcohol is being consumed.