With concern for the very high incidence of accidents on the roads and the negative social and economic impact, a number of public and private sector interests met to deliberate on the issues in late 1991. Discussions were prompted by a paper written by Professor John Golding for the Medical Association of Jamaica which outlined the nature of the problem. The gravity of the problem dictated the need to establish the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) jointly funded by the public and private sectors. The first meeting of the NRSC was convened on September 28, 1992 and official recognition of its operation was granted by means of Ministry Paper #24, 1993.
The National Road Safety Council was established in 1993 as a non-profit organization by public and private sector interest groups. Its mandate is two fold:
* To develop and implement road safety promotional activites and conduct public education programmes.
* to act as a lobby group for the promotion of road safety
Activities are undertaken with the overall aim of reducing the level of accidents and lowering the cost to society both in terms of human suffering and financial cost.