Jamaica Observer / ROBERT Montague, minister of transport and mining, asked Jamaicans to take responsibility for their actions on the roadways. The plea was made during his keynote address at the Grennell’s Driving School 10th Annual Jamaica Driver and Traffic Safety Expo held at the Ranny Williams Entertainment Centre is St Andrew last Saturday.
Montague reiterated that when it comes to road safety, it takes C.A.S.H to care.
“C is choices, [as] we all make choices as we drive; A is for avoiding alcohol when we drive; for S, slow down and use your seatbelt; and H is for the helmet — always wear it,” the minister urged.
He also lamented the number of Jamaican families who have had to mourn, to deal with an unexpected event, and will not know what it is like to grow old with a love one because of unsafe road practises.
The expo began with a road march from King’s House. The march was used to showcase the winning banners in the School Banner Competition, as well as other safety messages.
Wolmer’s High School for Boys claimed first-place prizes in the inaugural competition.
Secondary level students were invited to display their best artistic interpretation of the theme Road Safety Saves at the dimensions of six feet long by three feet wide.
Expo patron James Moss-Solomon, who is also chairman of the board at the University Hospital of the West Indies, paid tribute to Falasha Fitz-Henley in his address.
“Falasha was one of the greatest spokespersons for road safety, a champion for safe driving. Last year she succumbed to injuries sustained 10 years ago. It is a sad moment, but we recognise that she put her all into helping all of us realise road safety’s importance,” Moss-Solomon told the audience.
The expo — through its title sponsor Desnoes & Geddes Foundation with its Drink Right Campaign — also hosted several demonstrations throughout the day.
The Jamaica Fire Brigade executed a crash victim extrication demonstration, and expo chairman Alphonso Grennell gave defensive driving techniques pointers before vehicle driving challenges and motorcycle demonstrations from B2B Bikers.