Road fatalities down but pedestrians continue to lead tally

Monday, April 23, 2018

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — Statistics from the Ministry of Transportation's Road Safety Unit have revealed that 96 persons have been killed in 85 fatal crashes since January, in comparison to 106 persons killed in a similar period last year.

The unit reported that majority of the fatalities were pedestrians, who accounted for 22 of the 96 killed. Motorcyclists and drivers of private motor vehicles followed with 21 and 20 respectively.
The remaining fatalities include 17 private motor vehicle passengers, six pedal cyclists, three pillion riders, two PPV passengers, two commercial motor car passengers, two PPV drivers and one commercial motor car driver.

The unit informed that St Catherine accounted for 24 per cent of road users killed — the most in one parish since the start of the year.

Director of the Road Safety Unit, Kenute Hare, is urging all road users to take road safety seriously, as majority of road crashes are related to bad driving practices.
Hare urged pedestrians and pedal cyclists to wear bright coloured clothing at nights and use reflective gears to ensure they can be seen at all times.

Pedal cyclists are also being advised to wear clothing that will make them more visible to other road users, especially at nights.

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