Safe week for road users; RSU reports one road death between March 18 and 24

The seven-day period between March 18 and 24 was one of the safest for road users across the country in recent times, with the Road Safety Unit (RSU) reporting a single road fatality as a result of a motor vehicle accident.

The victim, a 19-year-old motorcyclist, was killed on March 17 along the Sheffield main road in Westmoreland, when his motor cycle collided with a Toyota Hiace motor truck.

Meanwhile, according to the latest statistics from the RSU, 94 persons were killed in 83 fatal crashes as of March 24. The Unit said fatal crashes have decreased by 17 per cent while fatalities are down by 19 per cent when compared with the similar period in 2023.

So far, pedestrians account for 24 per cent of the road users killed as of March 24; motorcyclists account for 31 per cent; and private motor vehicle drivers account for 12 per cent.

The RSU is also reporting that the group of road users classified as most vulnerable (pedestrians, pedalcyclists, motorcyclists and pillion riders) account for a combined 68 per cent of the road users killed since the start of the year. Passengers overall, account for 23 per cent of the road deaths.

The RSU said males and females account for 91 per cent and nine per cent respectively of the road fatalities as of March 24.

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