Sunday 23 February, 2020

27 killed in 21 days in road crashes - RSU

Police officers and firefighters at the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash in St Ann last month.

Police officers and firefighters at the scene of a fatal motor vehicle crash in St Ann last month.

Twenty-seven persons have perished in motor vehicle crashes in the first 21 days of the year, according to the latest update from the Road Safety Unit (RSU).

There were 22 fatalities for the comparable period in 2019.

A breakdown of the figures shows that motorcyclists continue to be the most vulnerable group of road users with eight killed since the start of the year. More than 100 of the 432 persons who perished in motor vehicle collisions in 2019 were motorcyclists.

The RSU also revealed that five of those killed since the start of the year are pedestrians, four were passengers of private motor vehicles, four were drivers of private motor vehicles and four were passengers of commercial motor vehicles.

While fatal crashes and fatalities have increased by five per cent and 23 per cent respectively this year when compared with the similar period in 2019, the RSU is projecting that fatalities for 2020 will decrease by 19 per cent in 2020 when compared with the previous year.

So far, the parish of Westmoreland accounts for 19 per cent of the road users killed since January 1, the largest figure for any parish since the start of the year.

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