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Smith urges JCF to get tough on seatbelts

Published:Thursday | December 20, 2007 | 1:56 PM

The Minister of National Security, Derrick Smith is calling for the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) to be more vigilant in enforcing seatbelt laws.

Mr. Smith says the use of seatbelts will help to minimise the number of deaths caused by motor vehicle crashes.

313 persons have died as a result of road accidents since the start of the year.

Mr. Smith stated it has cost the government $250 million on medical fees for persons injured in motor vehicle accidents.

The Minister was speaking at the handing over of 20 new breath-testing machines to the police traffic division this morning.

Vice Chairman of the Nation Road Safety Council, Dr. Lucien Jones, used the function as an opportunity to call for the reorganisation of the Island Traffic Authority.

Dr. Jones said the Traffic Authority is not efficient in carrying out its functions, and special attention should be paid to the ticketing system.