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LETTER OF THE DAY - Death of young drains society

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2012 | 12:00 AM


I write to express my regrets for the lives lost over the weekend by way of motor-vehicle accidents. While all loss of lives are regrettable, I especially mourn for the four young people among the dead. At the rate at which Jamaica is losing its young minds, we are bound to end up with chronic brain drain. This, as crime and road accidents are snatching our young people from us with swift succession. This situation should concern all well-thinking Jamaicans as we cannot continue to lose our young minds so recklessly and carelessly.

What is important to note is that this loss is not due to natural causes that we cannot help, but rather to man-made situations that the application of sheer determination, dedication and a swift, proactive approach can end. It is with this in mind that I suggest the following:

To the Christian community: let us put faith to work, realise the duty we have to society and lead the change that is necessary to save our young people; reach out to a young person today to offer counsel and guidance.

To all young people: the roads, as is, are already dangerous, so please do not add to the situation by drinking and speeding. Act responsibly.

To Government: consider the use of technology as a way of curbing the habit of poor road usage. How? By investing in and installing cameras and other such devices on our roads to act as deterrents to delinquent road users, as many break the road code because they know that it is very likely that they will be caught.

If we fail to become proactive in dealing with this dilemma, I fear there will not be much left of Jamaica in two decades.

Patricia Clarke