We want you to be able to enjoy your Christmas, so please be reminded of some safety tips to practice while on Highway 2000 East-West this holiday season.

1. MAKING A ROAD TRIP? Before even getting on the highway, ensure you check your tyres. If your tyres are worn, they are at a greater risk of blowing out when driving at the high speeds accommodated by the highway. The same is true for over and under inflated tyres.

Wear your seatbelt/ helmet 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’.

2. PLANNING TO PARTY? Don't drive drunk At all levels of intoxication, reaction time and coordination is reduced, inhibitions are lowered and vision can be blurred. Don’t chance it, it only takes one little mistake to cost a life.

3. EXPECTING TO PULL LONG HOURS? Don't drive drowsy At highway speeds, just one second of ‘zoning out’ or falling asleep can lead to disaster. If you are feeling sleepy, get a friend to drive or pull over.

4. PLANNING TO MAKE QUICK MOVES? 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.

5. HAVING AN ACTIVE SOCIAL LIFE? 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.

Have a MERRY CHRISTMAS, be SAFE, and we look forward to seeing you in the NEW YEAR.