Motorcyclists account for 30% of road fatalities since January

Monday, November 20, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Road Safety Unit (RSU) is urging motorcyclists to wear helmets and other protective devices to protect against major injuries and possible fatalities in the event of a crash.

The RSU call comes as motorcyclists account for 30 per cent of road users killed in traffic crashes since the start of the year with 86 motorcyclists having died.

In 2016 the RSU recorded a total of 85 motorcyclists being killed. Westmoreland and St Elizabeth recorded the highest number of motorcyclist deaths in 2016, with 31 and 11 respectively.

Pillion passengers are encouraged to also wear helmets while being transported on motorcycles.

Meanwhile, since the start of the year, 283 people have been killed from 259 fatal crashes.

A breakdown of the figures reveal that: 76 were pedestrians, 11 were pedal cyclists, 86 motorcyclists, 12 pillions, five were passengers of public passenger vehicles, 32 were private motor vehicle passengers, nine were drivers of commercial vehicles, two were passengers of commercial motor vehicles and 48 were drivers of private motor vehicles, and the remaining two were drivers of public passenger vehicles.

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