Spike in pedestrian fatalities worries Road Safety Unit

Spike in pedestrian fatalities worries Road Safety Unit

Monday, January 30, 2017

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — A spike in pedestrian fatalities from motor vehicle crashes is a source of deep concern for the Road Safety Unit (RSU) in the Ministry of Transport and Mining.
Since the start of the year 11 of the 26 road users killed have been pedestrians, translating to 42 per cent of the people who have died from traffic related fatalities, the RSU said.
Meanwhile the RSU, in a statement Monday, said that there has been a decrease in deaths from road crashes involving motorcyclists by 47 per cent when compared with the similar period in 2016.
To date, a total of nine motorcyclists have been killed when compared to 17 in 2016.
RSU Director Kenute Hare, in commenting on the statistics, said that the pedestrian fatalities is yet another reminder that pedestrians have as important a responsibility as drivers of motor vehicles in ensuring their safety on the roads.
 At the same time, he said that the decrease in motorcyclists’ fatalities is good news even as the RSU works to place the safety of all road users as a high priority on its radar for the year.
“The ministry continues to play an integral role in educating the public of the dangers in the road environment and how to keep themselves safe. We need the full cooperation of all Jamaicans, drivers, passengers and pedestrians in reducing the needless deaths caused by road crashes,” Hare asserted.
He made a special appeal to families, in particular males, to practise proper road safety etiquette by obeying the rules governing the road at all times.
“The majority of drivers involved in fatal crashes are males. This is not comforting, as families are losing breadwinners, this can have severe consequences for the stability of homes and communities. Since January, a total of 22 males have been killed due to traffic collisions. This number is too high,” Hare said.

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