Chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Prime Minister Andrew Holness, is calling for more financial aid to developing countries like Jamaica to help with the implementation of sustainable measures to reduce road traffic deaths and injuries.
Holness made the appeal while delivering the keynote address at today’s UN Global Road Safety Webinar hosted by the council.
The event was one of the activities to mark the annual UN Global Road Safety Week, which is being held under the theme ‘Streets for Life’.
“[The] road safety [council] has been commendable and sustained advocacy over many years has been inserted in the UN sustainable goals, to which Jamaica is committed. And international partners should commit to scaling up the flow of grant funds to the developing world where 80 to 90 per cent of road fatalities take place and where the loss of lives, cost of injuries, and the consequences of lost income are often devastating,” said Holness.
“Jamaica remains committed to playing our role even as we fight against the COVID-19 pandemic to ensure safe mobility and sustainable development. We want everyone to be safe and to experience the rewards of life’s journey,” he continued.
It is estimated that more than one million people are killed in traffic collisions across the world each year.