Narrow Topic: The Major Causes of Car Accidents in Jamaica

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Name: Orlando Blagrove
Subject: Communication Studies
Lecturer: Mr Phillip Clarke
Date: October 11, 2012
Tutorial # 4
Theme: Violence
Broad Topic: Accidents
Narrow Topic: The Major Causes of Car Accidents in Jamaica
According to the National Road Saftey Council, Jamaica (2004), “in 1999, motor vehicle accidents represented the twelfth leading cause of deaths island wide” and in 2002, 408 people died in motor vehicle accidents in Jamaica. That is a rate of 15.5/100,000 population. Motor vehicle accident is a serious problem among the Jamaican population. It is defined in the dictionary as “The unintended collision of one motor vehicle with another, a stationary object, or person, resulting in injuries, death and/or loss of property.” However, strictly speaking, most motor vehicle accidents are not accidents at all, they could and should have been avoided.  In Jamaica the major factors contributing to the cause of motor vehicle accidents include speeding, tailgating, and overtaking improperly. The major cause of motor vehicle accidents include the driver failing to keep maintains proper distance between himself and the vehicle in front as specified in the road code. This is referred to as tailgating. The rule of maintaining a proper distance between vehicles is very relevant as it prevent the driver from running into the back of the other vehicle in case the driver in front should stop suddenly or make an unexpected move. Though this rule have so many preventative measure a large amount of Jamaica drives still continue ignore this recommendation; sadly it is the largest cause of motor vehicle accidents in Jamaica accounting for 14,126 of the motor vehicle accidents taking place in the last decade 1991-2011 (Jamaica Observer 2012). Speeding is also, a major cause of motor vehicle accident in Jamaica. In fact, Dr. P. Ayee Jr. (Executive Director of the Mona Geoinformatics Institute) as quoted in the Jamaica Observer (2012) adds that speeding is the...
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