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Dust nuisance: Road Safety Council seeks NEPA's help to clear build-up on Trelawny roads

Published:Friday | August 9, 2013 | 2:54 PM

The National Road Safety Council is to call in the National Environment and Planning Agency to investigate the dust nuisance which is said to be behind a number of crashes along popular roadways in Trelawny.

The Police Traffic Division had raised concerns that the mining activities in the vicinity of the Harmony Hall and Rio Bueno main roads are causing a layer of dust build-up on the roads.

It said when the dust comes in contact with moisture it makes the roadway slippery which causes motorists to lose control of their vehicles.

Executive Director of the Council Paula Fletcher says the matter was discussed at a meeting yesterday with stakeholders.

Fletcher says the matter is an environment issue with will require the intervention of environmental authorities.

She says the Council will be moving to have the situation assessed and the appropriate recommendations put forward.

The Head of the Police Traffic Division has disclosed that so far this year there have been six serious crashes which resulted in about 12 deaths along the roadway.

Senior Superintendent Radcliffe Lewis said the division will be recommending that the speed limit along the Rio Bueno and Harmony Hall main road be reduced from 80 to 50 kilometers per hour.

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