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Jamaica road fatalities should not pass 175

Jamaica Observer

Friday, August 03, 2012 | 2:30 PM    

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — President of the Federation Internationale de l'Automobile (FIA) Jean Todt says that Jamaica's road fatality should not surpass 175 per year, given the population of the country.

Even as Jamaica struggles to get below the 300 benchmark set by the National Road Safety Council, Todt argues that based on the rate per hundred the island’s death rate is nearly twice that of Britain.

"300 people being killed on the road is totally unacceptable" Todt declared at a recent luncheon hosted by the University of the West Indies and the Jamaica Automobile Association at the Mona Visitors Lodge.

Since the launching of the Save 300 Lives campaign 350 people were killed in 2007. That figure dropped to 343 in 2008, then in 2009, hit 347. In 2010 road fatalities declined to 319, dropping further to 308 in 2011.

Todt was in the island to assess the state of roads as well as motorsports in Jamaica.

The FIA is a global organisation representing the interests of motoring organisations and motorcar users.

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