Road Safety Council Vice-Chairman Wants More Funding For Public Education Campaigns


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.

Stevian Simmonds is an investigative journalist with almost 3 years of experience in radio broadcasting, production and reporting. She graduated from Caribbean School of Media and Communication in 2014 and joined Nationwide News in 2016. In 2018, she produced a special report examining the working conditions of the Bussiness Process Outsourcing Industry. She worked undercover as a call center agent for a month, revealing the lack of data protection and general security infrastructure in the industry. Her report also highlighted the poor working conditions and remuneration faced by workers in the industry. In 2018, Stevian traveled to New Delhi India where she participated in the Inaugural WHO Partners Forum benefiting from critical training related to reporting on women’s and children’s health issues.

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