Here to view the National Road Safety Policy
With concern for the very high incidence of accidents on the roads
and the negative social and economic impact, a number of public
and private sector interests met to deliberate on the issues in
late 1991. Discussions were prompted by a paper written by Professor
John Golding for the Medical Association of Jamaica which outlined
the nature of the problem. The gravity of the problem dictated
the need to establish the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) jointly
funded by the public and private sectors. The first meeting of
the NRSC was convened on September 28, 1992 and official recognition
of its operation was granted by means of Ministry Paper #24, 1993.
The National Road Safety Council was established in 1993 as a non-profit organization
by public and private sector interest groups. Its mandate is two fold:
* To develop and implement road safety promotional activites
and conduct public education programmes.
* to act as a lobby group for the promotion of road safety
Activities are undertaken with the overall aim of reducing the
level of accidents and lowering the cost to society both in terms
of human suffering and financial cost.
The Full Council has a membership of over twenty persons (inclusive
of those listed above) drawn from various sectors which have an
interest in, or whose work impact on road safety.
Full Council meetings are scheduled on a quarterly basis. See
list of Full Council Members attached.
• Safety Devices Legislation
The Council lobbied for and facilitated the enactment of the Safety Devices
Legislation which was passed in November 1999 and which made a significant
impact in reducing road traffic fatalities to 295 for that year, the lowest
for the decade.
• Driving while Intoxicated (DWI) Legislation
The Council also lobbied and assisted with activities leading to the enactment
of the Driving While Intoxicated (DWI) Legislation in 1995 and has been a driving
force behind sorting out various administrative problems. In this regard, frequent
DWI committee meetings were held with the Police Traffic HQ, Ministry of National
Security & Justice, Ministry of Transport & Works and the Jamaica Bureau
Lobby efforts to revitalize this programme continues.
• Legislation Review Committee
The Council agitated for the reconvening of the Road Traffic Act Legislation
Review Committee and is a Committee member.
• Traffic Ticketing System
The Council is an active lobbyist for the revision of the Traffic Ticketing
System which was not Y2K friendly and therefore was an ineffective enforcement
• Stray Animals
The Council agitated for the review of the outdated Pound Act and the Keeping
of Animals Act because of increased road fatalities, accidents and other problems
faced by motorists as a result of stray animals. The Acts were amended in 2003.
• Formulation of a National Road Safety Policy
The Council served as the Secretariat for the formulation of the National Road
Safety Policy. This Policy had its genesis at a two-day workshop which the
Council sponsored in collaboration with the Pan-American Health Organization
October 30-31, 1997.
On the advice of the Council, the Prime Minister directed the Ministry of Transport & Works
to launch the Policy on World Health Day. This launch, however, has had to
be postponed and rescheduled to take place during June, Road Safety Month.
The Council will continue to be active in the implementation of the Policy.
• Road Safety Focus for Labour Day 2004
In collaboration with the World Health Day Secretariat, an approach was made
to the Ministry of Education, Youth and Culture to make Road Safety a focus
for Labour Day.
2. PUBLIC EDUCATION (This is ongoing.)
• Road Safety Jingle/Video
A multi-media public education campaign focusing on pedestrians (involving
print, television, radio, bus backs and billboards) was launched as a part
of World Health Day 2004 activities. A jingle, with accompanying video, entitled ‘put
your hand up in the air’ was released .
• ‘Think First’ Programme
The Council conducts this programme in high schools and tertiary institutions
in conjunction with neurosurgeons from the University Hospital of the West
Indies. The programme, which focuses on preventing brain and spinal cord injuries,
was officially launched by the Prime Minister at Calabar High School in June
3. PARISH ROAD SAFETY COMMITTEES
Currently, there are two active committees - Kingston & St. Andrew and
The Kingston & St. Andrew committee meets every other first Tuesday and
is doing research into the causes of pedestrian fatalities in this region for
the ten-year period 1993-2003. On completion of this exercise, a symposium
will be held to discuss the findings.
4. TOLL AUTHORITY MEMBERSHIP
The Council is represented on the Toll Authority. Our representative,
the Executive Director, chairs the Safety Sub-committee, and is
a member of the Public Education Sub-committee.