Call for road safety education in schools

Road safety advocate Junior Jordan is calling for a comprehensive road safety educational programme for primary school students.

Jordan, a former president of the Barbados Road Safety Association, stressed that in light of the staggering number of road fatalities occurring this year – 14 – an early childhood education programme should be created by Government, private entities or non-governmental organizations (NGOs).

“It would do no harm for an educational programme to be done in all schools, even at the primary school level. At primary school level, the more solid knowledge you get there, when you get . . . up to teenage years the information will [remain] with them,” he said.

Road safety advocate Junior Jordan (left) stands alongside participants of the BL&P Distracted Driving Awareness Month Campaign.

“When they get at the age of thinking of learning to drive, they will already be well grounded in the rudiments of safe driving.”

Making reference to the Canadian city of Edmonton which has a mobile safety city where toddlers are taught road safety procedures, Jordan stressed that individuals must be taught the value of a human life from an early age.

“We must get into every person’s head, whether you are a pedestrian, motorcyclist or a drive . . . that the single most important element in any road configuration is the human being. So whenever we go on the street we must be thinking of the human life first.

“You can replace buildings, you can replace a vehicle, you can replace furniture, but you cannot replace a life,” he said, adding that parents, guardians and other adults must set a good example for the children around them in that regard.

One of the instructors for the Barbados Light & Power’s (BL&P) Distracted Driving Awareness Month, Jordan recently accompanied the Barbados Fire Service and the Royal Barbados Police Force in educating students, aged 15 to 18, on the dangers of reckless driving.

Tackling the issue of increasing road accidents across Barbados, the board member of the Barbados Transport Authority insisted there was a need for information dissemination and retraining.

“The more information is disseminated in terms of safety for people, the better it will be, and we can certainly reduce or hopefully not see an increase in fatalities at this time,” Jordan said.

BL&P’s Managing Director Roger Blackman disclosed that the utility company saw it as its responsibility to execute the Distracted Driving Awareness Month initiative.

“At Light & Power we are proud of the safety culture that we have been able to build over the years and continue to work on . . . Driving safety and distracted driving is a major national issue and we wanted out voices to be heard,” he said.

7 Responses to Call for road safety education in schools

  1. Ione Mitchell
    Ione Mitchell April 26, 2017 at 12:42 am

    The parents who teach their children to cross everywhere but the pedestrian crossing need this too.

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  2. Sheron Inniss April 26, 2017 at 2:18 pm

    Mr Jordan there are only so many hours in the school day.

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    • Delicia April 28, 2017 at 10:56 am

      Yes Sheron. I was thinking the same thing. Plus teachers cannot do everything. Come on parents must parent!

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  3. Helicopter(8P) April 26, 2017 at 2:24 pm

    It’s about time!!

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  4. Helicopter(8P) April 26, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Just remembering the day when David, Lewis, Michael and you Jounior would walk along the Ivy and Howells Cross Road back in the sixties and only the trucks were a threat! Keep the good venture up buddy. The bus drivers slowed down for the school children back then!

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  5. Junior L Jordan April 26, 2017 at 8:06 pm

    The matter of Road Safety is extremely serious business and as such time MUST be found to educate our precious children very early about its DANGERS.
    Over jurisdictions fully understand its importance and allocate school time for the training done by trained personnel.
    Further more, it has been proven that early training in anything helps tremendously with the children’s development.
    In this case….Road Safety.
    The training should actually start at home and further cemented in schools primary and secondary.
    Ms. Sheron Inniss, I totally respect your opinion but remember one life lost is always too many and information given EARLY to children stands them in good stead…and may save their life.
    THE TIME MUST BE FOUND.

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  6. Alex Alleyne April 26, 2017 at 8:34 pm

    The state run CBC tv is the place where road safety should be shown every night right after the news. Take off some of the foolishness and put on something of value. This will save lives and less stress on the insurance companies.

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