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Road fatalities climb to 122

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Transport Ministry is reporting that as of today 122 people have been killed from a total of 108 fatal crashes so far this year.

This is in comparison to 129 fatalities recorded during the same period last year.

So far, St Catherine accounts for 24 per cent of road users killed, the largest figure..

Data from the Unit reveals that of the current number of fatalities, 26 were motorcyclists, nine pedal cyclists, three pillion riders, 24 were drivers of private motor vehicles, and 20 were passengers of private motor vehicle, four PPV passengers, four commercial motor car passengers, two PPV drivers, two commercial motor car driver and 28 pedestrians.

Meanwhile the RSU is appealing to road users to wear their seatbelts, helmets, and other protective devices to save lives, as well as, to pay close attention to road signs and markings.

Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, urged all road users to take road safety seriously.

Hare encouraged drivers/motorists who transport passengers, to ensure that they do so safely by enforcing the wearing of seatbelts. Pedestrians and pedal cyclists are also advised to wear bright coloured clothing at nights, and use reflective gears to ensure they can be seen at all times. Pedal cyclists should also wear clothing that will make them more visible to other road users, especially in the nights.

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