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PNP repeating call for increased road safety

PNP HEADQUARTERS | 2016-06-24 00:00:00

PNP Spokesperson on Transportation Mikael Phillips, is again urging road users to exercise greater care, as the rate of accidents and fatalities on the nation’s roads continues to increase following two motor vehicle crashes along the Llandovery main road in St. Ann today which resulted in multiple fatalities.  
Phillips, the Member of Parliament for Manchester North Western, is bemoaning the fact that over 170 persons have died as a result of traffic accidents so far this year, approximately five per cent higher than the number recorded last year to date.

“There are clear indications that excessive speeding and non-conformity with traffic regulations are the  major contributors to these accidents and I again urge motorists to conform in the interest of preserving lives and preventing injury,” Mr. Phillips said.

He noted that far too many Jamaicans are losing their lives in what are seemingly avoidable road traffic accidents and reiterated his appeal to the government to immediately prioritize the re-tabling of the Road Traffic Act Bill, which was previously passed by the House of Representatives, so that it can move forward to the Senate for approval.

Mikael Phillips is also calling on drivers using the new leg of the North Coast Highway to be especially disciplined and avoid the temptation to speed on these roads, noting that there was no need to breach the speed limits, as the highway in of itself has reduced significantly, the travel time between the south and north coasts.



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