Crash hot spots to be exposed

Published: Saturday | May 19, 2012 Comments 0

DESPITE MULTIPLE initiatives and the dedicated work of many, road crashes remain the second-leading cause of violent deaths in Jamaica and, according to the National Road Safety Council, the risk is especially high for young drivers.

Excessive speeding remains the number-one cause of fatal crashes in Jamaica.

This is why Jamaica National General Insurance (JNGI), the Mona GeoInformatics and the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing have come together to highlight the major crash hot spots across the island.

This was announced at the launch of the road-safety campaign 'Arrive Alive' on May 17 at The Knutsford Court Hotel.

Chris Hinds, general manager for JNGI, said the initiative was sponsored by the JN Foundation and conducted by Dr Parris Lyew-Ayee and his team at Mona GeoInformatics at the University of the West Indies, Mona.

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"They have spatially mapped every road crash, fatal and non-fatal, in Jamaica for 10 years (2000-2010) and this geo location of accidents has enabled us to identify the most dangerous stretches of our road network," he added.

JNGl also signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the minister of transport, works and housing, Dr Omar Davies.

"This MOU will enshrine our joint effort with the ministry's road-safety unit and Mona GeoInformatics to identify crash hot spots and encourage motorists to tek time drive, arrive alive in order to reduce carnage on our roads," Hinds said.

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