Back to School in September, Highway Safety Rules to Remember!

Dear Valued Customers,

We trust you and your children had a wonderful summer holidays and we would like to extend a warm thank you for your continued use of Highway 2000 East-West for your commuting needs over the period. As we now change gear and prepare for September’s momentous “Back to School” hustle and bustle, we would once again like to offer some pointers to ensure that your trips in driving the children to and from school are safe and without delay or incident. Here are a few:

1. Obey the posted speed limit.

Some areas along the T1 leg of Highway 2000 East-West (Spanish Town – Vineyards – May Pen) permit speed of up 110km/h, while others, particularly those near on and off ramps, restrict speed to 80km/h. The T2 leg of Highway 2000 East-West (Portmore) permits speed of up to 70km/h. While the speed limit on any Highway 2000 East-West on or off ramp is restricted to 50km/h. Always take note of, and obey, the speed limit.

No matter how good a driver you are, this simple logic is true:

a. THE FASTER THE SPEED = THE LESSER THE RESPONSE TIME TO THE UNEXPECTED = THE GREATER THE RISK OF AN ACCIDENT

b. THE FASTER THE SPEED = THE GREATER THE IMPACT DURING AN ACCIDENT = THE LOWER THE CHANCES OF SURVIVAL.

2. Avoid cell-phone use and all other distractions.

Diverting your eyes or your brain’s attention from the road is dangerous. Anything unexpected can happen in just a split second, and not reacting in time can result in tragedy.

3. Wear your seatbelt

You can minimize your risk of head trauma, severe injuries, or being flung through the windscreen or window during an accident or a sudden ‘brake up’ if you ‘buckle up’.

4. Drive in the left lane and pass on the right.

The left lane of the highway is the lane designated for most of your journey and the right lane of the highway is to be used to pass vehicles safely, after which, the left lane is to be used again. Maintaining your position in the right lane makes it difficult for another driver attempting to pass you, and poses a hazard to you, your passengers and the persons travelling in vehicles near you.

5. In the event of an emergency on the highway, please pull over SAFELY and COMPLETELY onto the hard shoulder, turn on your hazard lights, take note of your location, and contact our Emergency Toll Free Number at 1-888-429-5632.

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