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Roadways must be safe for the disabled - PM

Published:Sunday | February 8, 2015 | 10:36 AM

Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller says Jamaica must ensure that its roadways are more user-friendly to members of the disabled community.



Mrs Simpson Miller said all relevant authorities have a shared responsibility to ensure that the nation’s roads are constructed to meet the needs of persons with disabilities and able bodied persons.



And Mrs Simpson Miller is urging motorists to give special attention to persons with disabilities who traverse the roadways on a daily basis.



Her comments come days after Marlon King, an outspoken advocate for the disabled community, was reportedly struck and killed by a Jamaica Urban Transit Company (JUTC) bus in Papine, St Andrew.



She was addressing the first meeting of the National Road Safety Council for this year held at Jamaica House last Thursday.



The prime minister says in an effort to meet the target of less than 240 road deaths this year, the council needs to strengthen its public education campaign by increasing the frequency of messages targeting pedestrians, motorcyclists and drivers.



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