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Road fatalities up, National Council appalled

Published:Thursday | September 4, 2014 | 12:45 PM

The National Road Safety Council (NRSC) is calling for the police to immediately step up their campaign against speeding and careless driving across the island.

In a release earlier today, the Council said it is appalled at the sudden surge in road fatalities.

It notes that according to police reports, from August 28 to September 3, 20 individuals were killed due to careless overtaking and motorists disobeying road rules and speed limits.

Just yesterday a 33-year-old woman and her 5-year-old child were killed along the Hellshire Main Road in St Catherine after the taxi in which they were driving crashed while attempting to overtake a line of traffic.

According to NRSC Vice-chairman, Dr Lucien Jones, the situation calls for urgent attention.

He says the government must ensure that the traffic division of the Jamaica Constabulary Force has the necessary resources to clamp down on reckless driving.

Jones is also calling on the public and private sectors to join forces to develop more public education campaigns to address the national problem.

Meanwhile, NRSC Executive Director Paula Fletcher is urging parents and teachers to be particularly vigilant in ensuring that children are properly supervised while travelling on the nation’s roads.

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