Vice-Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, NRSC, Dr Lucien Jones, is raising concerns about the limited funding that’s hampering the council’s ability to undertake public education campaigns.
The cash-strapped Council is chaired by Prime Minister Andrew Holness.
Dr Jones’ concerns come as there are real fears the country may surpass the total number of road fatalities recorded last year, 3-hundred-and-86.
He says the Council is ramping up efforts to push for stronger enforcement of the road rules.
But, the NRSC’s Vice Chairman, says without a budget, the entity is being crippled in its efforts to educate the public.
Dr Lucien Jones, Vice Chairman of the National Road Safety Council.
In the meantime, Government Senator and Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister, Robert Morgan, says the government is moving to bring more private sector partners on board in a bid to secure additional funding.
He says the Prime Minister is extremely concerned about the increase in the number of road fatalities.
Senator Robert Morgan, Parliamentary Secretary in the Office of the Prime Minister.
Meanwhile, Orthopaedic Surgeon at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, Dr Cary Fletcher, says many motorcyclists refuse to wear helmets because they feel they don’t need them to travel short distances.
He says others refuse to wear helmets because of comfort.
Dr Cary Fletcher, Orthopaedic Surgeon at the St Ann’s Bay Hospital, speaking last evening on Nationwide @ 5.
He says the National Road Safety Council must utilize the available data when crafting the messages for its campaigns.