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Fewer fatalities

2012 — A REAR-VIEW GLANCE

Friday, January 04, 2013    

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THE Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing accomplished its mandate of keeping fatalities below the 300 mark.

Two hundred and fifty-six persons lost their lives on the island's roadways in 2012 compared to 307 in the previous year.

"Since the start of the century, this is the first that road deaths are fewer than 300. This is the most successful year ever," Kenute Hare, RSU director, told Auto.

Hare said despite achieving their hard-fought goal, there will be no time for celebration.

"We intend for the figure to be under 200 by 2017," he said.

Launched in 2008, the Below-300 Campaign is an initiative of the National Road Safety Council with the aim of keeping road fatalities under the 300 mark. However, this has not been achieved since 1999, when there were 295 deaths.

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