Andrew Harris, Sunday Gleaner Writer
The Chudleigh main road in Manchester, where four students of Holmwood High School lost their life late last month, is to be the subject of a special safety audit.
The road has been the scene of several other fatal motor-vehicle accidents, and the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is to join forces with the Ministry of Transport's Road Safety Unit, the police and the National Works Agency in an effort to determine if there are structural defects causing the accidents on the road.
Executive director of the NRSC, Paula Fletcher, said the decision to conduct the road-safety audit came out of a meeting last Thursday with representatives of groups involved in road safety.
Trained in road-safety audit
"Jamaica has a cadre of about 80 persons who were trained in road-safety audit and the trainers came from Mott MacDonald (a United Kingdom-based engineering and development firm) and Aston University of Birmingham," said Fletcher.
"The audit will provide us with information such as: is the road constructed to facilitate safe use by all road users given the volume of traffic, whether the speed limit should be changed and other details," Fletcher added.
The first aim of the audit is a technical report regarding road-safety issues identified along this roadway.
Fletcher noted that the audit will seek to determine whether there are any safety issues and recommend improvements that would make the road safer and more forgiving of poor driver behaviour.
"Among other factors, we will look at the drivers as well, as it concerns the level of safety in which they transport the children," expressed Fletcher.