The IAJ today announced that it would be sponsoring workshops to train motor cyclists to ride their bikes properly.  The seminars dubbed “Back to Basics” to be conducted by Tarik Kiddoe will be held primarily in Westmoreland which has become a major zone for deadly motor cycle crashes.  Mr. Kiddoe also plans to do a workshop in the corporate area targeting bearers. The Island Traffic Authority is working along with Mr Kiddoe to develop the programme.

Mr. Eric Hosin the newly elected President of the Insurance Association of Jamaica noted that of the 117 of persons killed in road accidents up to April 14 this year, 34% of them were motor cyclists, 18% of them from Westmoreland area, according to statistics released recently by the Road Safety Unit of the Ministry of Transport.  Mr. Hosin said while the IAJ supports the speedy passing of the Road Traffic Act, it was also important to deal with one of the root causes of the crashes, that is driver and rider behaviour.

The IAJ also said in addition to sponsoring the motor cycle workshops they would be putting some financial support towards the 8th Annual Jamaica Driver & Safety Expo set for June this year.