New features have been put in place to help prevent traffic crashes in the zone around Hazard Primary School, Clarendon.
The road features are supported by safety education and advocacy to help make the area around the school safer.
It is part of a campaign by Jamaica National Foundation, unveiled on Wednesday, November 7, 2018, under the first phase of the “X” Marks the Spot Crosswalk Road Safety Campaign.
Parris Lyew-Ayee, chairman of the JN Foundation noted that Hazard Primary School was the first of 18 schools to be upgraded under the campaign. The educational institution benefitted from the erection of signage for bus lay-bys, pedestrian gates and the widening and paving of the sidewalks.
“The campaign aims to encourage advocacy and discussions about road safety in schools and households; and to use the results of the Child Road Safety Assessment Report to identify other areas for the infrastructural interventions, which will include the installation of crosswalks, signs, speed reduction surfaces and other counter measures,” said Mr. Lyew-Ayee.
Over the past five years, more than 120 children have died on Jamaica’s roads. Countless children continue to suffer from life-altering injuries, which are a direct result of the over-70 kilometers traffic crashes, within 100 metres of school zones.
Minister without Portfolio in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for Clarendon Central, Mike Henry, commended the JN Foundation and its international partners for the improvement undertaken at the school.
The “X” Marks the Spot Road Safety Campaign is being implemented in collaboration with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), the FIA Foundation based in the UK, and the Abertis Foundation based in Spain.