Stakeholders stress need for young people to conform to road safety rules, following deaths of schoolboys in fiery crash

The deaths of two schoolboys in a fiery crash in Westmoreland this morning (November 21), once again highlighted the need for young people to conform to road safety rules.

16-year-old Ajani Robinson and 14-year-old Zackeal McIntyre, both of Darliston in the parish, were reportedly travelling on a motorcycle heading to school.

Police say, the boys, who attended the Petersfield high school, were manoeuvring the bike around a corner, lost control of the vehicle, and it collided with a motorcar, which caught fire. The boys died at hospital.

Describing the incident as a tragedy, Vice-chairman of the National Road Safety Council, Dr. Lucien Jones said it is unfortunate that young lives were lost, in such a manner.

He stressed the importance of road users, especially young people, obeying road safety rules to preserve lives.

Reacting to the incident, Education Minister Fayval Williams, also underscored the importance of people adhering to the road code and exercising due care on public thoroughfares.

In a statement, the Minister said the boys’ passing is a tragic loss to their families, school, community, and Jamaica.

She expressed hope that with the support of the Ministry’s counselling team, and that of the wider community, the families will be able to find some comfort during this difficult time.

Meanwhile, Acting Vice-principal of the Petersfield High School, Junior Clarke, has indicated that the institution has a policy in place, which prohibits students from driving to school.

This, amidst reports that the young students were operating a motorcycle, when they crashed.

And the Jamaica Teachers’ Association (JTA) says the deaths of the 2 students have strengthened the need for a robust transport system for students within the education sector.

JTA president Leighton Johnson says while the government continues on its quest to transform the sector, a school bus system, must be considered as part of the process.

This, Mr. Johnson says will ensure the safety of students.


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