225 road users killed since start of year

Friday, August 18, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica – The Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Transport Ministry says that since the start of the year 225 people have died in road traffic crashes.

Pedestrians, motorcyclists, passengers and drivers of private motor vehicles have recorded the highest number of fatalities to date.

A breakdown of the figures reveal that 58 were pedestrians, nine were pedal cyclists, 69 were motorcyclists, 11 pillion, four were passengers of public passenger vehicles, 27 were private motor vehicle passengers, six drivers of commercial vehicles, two passengers of commercial motor vehicles and 39 were drivers of private motor vehicles.

It is against that background that the RSU is pleading with motorists to keep left while driving; not to overtake around corners and to drive within the posted speed limits.

Additionally, the RSU is reiterating the call for motorists to wear seatbelts, (both drivers and passengers); helmets for motorcyclists and pillion passengers, and pedestrians to use the road with caution. Pedestrians are encouraged to use pedestrian crossings or other safe places, walk facing the oncoming traffic and to always wear bright and light colour clothing when it is dark.

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