Jessica Tabone lost her life four years ago in a fatal car crash on Xlendi Road, Gozo. A close family friend, Toni Ann Muscat, insisted that no one should drive under the influence of alcohol, as doing so can ruin someone else’s life.
Muscat said that four years ago, Jessica’s family and friends lost a big part of their lives, in a post on Facebook group ‘Gozone’ where she reiterated that everyone should respect the speed limits.
Jessica was involved in a fatal car crash on 19 April 2015, during the early hours of the morning. On that fateful day, Jessica was a passenger in a car when it was involved in a collision with a car that was being driven by a 20-year-old man from Għasri who was driving on the wrong lane. The 20-year-old had later graduated as a Police Officer, but was sacked immediately after, sources told The Malta Independent.
Muscat referred to politicians discussing the permanent link between the islands, widening roads and increasing the population, however she observed that there is not much discussion on making roads safer.
J.E.S.S – Helping to create safer roads
One year after Jessica’s death, a voluntary organisation was established in her honour. J.E.S.S (Justice to Ensure Safer Streets) educates the public about the importance of road safety. It also ensures that laws are amended in a way to ensure safety.
In 2017, the organisation donated two sets of breathalyzers to the Gozo Police.
In replies given to Newsbook.com.mt, the Police in Gozo had told this newsroom that the breathalyzers were used six times in 2018. The Police had explained that for the first six months of 2018, there were a total of 23 roadblocks with 20 persons were found in breach of the law.