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The National Road Safety Council & 12 of its partners receive prestigious Awards for road safety

PROComm | 2013-04-18 00:00:00

At the exquisite 20th Anniversary Banquet of the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) last evening, 13 prestigious Awards were presented to pacesetters in the promotion of road safety.

Jamaica’s national coordinating body for road safety promotion, the NRSC received the prestigious Prince Michael International Road Safety Award.  His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent, Member of the British Royal family and Patron of the Awards, who is on a 5-day working visit to Jamaica, presented the Award. HRH Prince Michael of Kent was the Guest of Honour and Guest Speaker at the Anniversary Dinner at Jamaica Pegasus Hotel.

Prime Minister and NRSC Chairman, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller received the Award, on behalf of the Council. In congratulating the NRSC on receiving this international award, His Royal Highness said: “In Jamaica we have seen how effective leadership and a concentrated effort by a dedicated team can make a real difference and save lives. What the NRSC has done over 20 years is impressive and serves as an example to other countries both small and large.”

The HRH Prince Michael International Road Safety Award is presented to organisations in recognition of outstanding achievement and innovation, which improve road safety. Since its establishment 20 years ago, the NRSC has implemented advocacy and other programme initiatives which have helped in reducing casualties on Jamaica’s roads, with the numbers of road traffic deaths showing steady decline over the years, to below 300 last year.

Expressing her delight about the Award during her official welcome at the Banquet, Prime Minister Simpson Miller said: “We are truly grateful to His Royal Highness Prince Michael of Kent for recognising our efforts in encouraging responsible road usage in Jamaica. This Award and the visit of Prince Michael to make the presentation will not only bolster the efforts of the NRSC but serve to inspire even greater levels of inter-sectoral collaboration toward achieving further reductions in road fatalities and injuries.”

The other awardees at yesterday evening’s event included individuals and organizations that have been proactive in advocating for responsible road usage and or implementing significant road safety strategies:
    Lady Golding (Posthumous award to Prof. The Hon Sir John Golding, OJ)
     Mr. Errol Ziadie, formerly of JAGIC
    Jamaica Bankers Association
    Jamaica Constabulary Force
    Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile
    Bank of Nova Scotia Jamaica
    National Health Fund
    Jamaica National Building Society

The former and current Prime Ministers, who have served as Chairmen of the NRSC, also received accolades. They are:
    The Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, ON, MP
    Mr. Andrew Holness, MP
     Mr. Bruce Golding
    The Most Hon. P.J. Patterson, ON, OCC, PC, QC

Commenting on the posthumous award to be presented, Dr. Lucien Jones, Vice Chairman / Convenor, NRSC announced that the late Professor the Hon Sir John Golding was selected, because of his pioneering work in road safety. “Jamaica is undoubtedly a better place because of the groundbreaking research and advocacy of the late Professor the Honourable Sir John Golding,” stated Dr. Jones. “The research findings of this late orthopaedic surgeon on the deleterious effects of crashes on Jamaicans, awoken our nation to the need for improved road safety as an emergency of national importance.”

Dr. Jones told the audience that all the persons being honoured by the NRSC have at some point in the Council’s history, “played a bold and empowering role in the 20-year journey of the National Road Safety Council. A journey towards safer roads and the increased protection of our citizens – young, middle aged and old, who have to use our roads daily.”

Another awardee, the Federation Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA), has been lauded by the NRSC for possessing an enviable international reputation of being a relentless campaigner on road safety issues and readiness to assist organizations such as ours in sustainable strategies on promoting responsible road usage. “We treasure your assistance through expertise and resources. During this the 20th Anniversary of the NRSC, we salute and recognise the Fédération Internationale de l’Automobile (FIA) for your invaluable partnership, leadership in the international arena and support of the NRSC,” asserted Dr. Jones..

Among other speakers at last night’s event were Mr. David Ward, Director General, FIA, and Mr. Earl Jarrett, Chairman, Jamaica Automobile Association and General Manager, Jamaica National Building Society. The audience was also treated to a Video Documentary, produced by PROComm, dubbed, ‘Reflections on the NRSC 20th Anniversary’ which highlighted the challenges and achievements of the NRSC over the last two decades.  Karen Smith – Jamaican Jazz vocalist extraordinaire - and the Skool Band entertained the attendees at the Banquet with a wide range of reggae and jazz renditions.

The Banquet is the premier event of several activities being hosted this week by the NRSC in observance of its 20th Anniversary. The week kicked off with a Church Service at St. Andrew Parish Church. HRH Prince Michael’s visit to the island is among the celebratory events being hosted by the NRSC. The Prince arrived in the island on Monday, April 15 and will depart on Friday, April 15.

Highlights of his visit have included the hosting of a luncheon by The Governor-General His Excellency The Most. Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, Courtesy Calls on Prime Minister and Leader of the Opposition and visits to the Sir John Golding Rehabilitation Centre and the Mona GeoInformatics Institute, at the University of the West Indies. Earlier today, Prince Michael viewed a road safety demonstration in a simulated road traffic environment at the Mona Heights Primary School, and participated in a Roundtable Discussion at the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing.


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