Sunday 22 September, 2019

Road traffic deaths approaching 300 so far this year

A total of 297 people have been killed in road crashes since the start of this year.

The Road Safety Unit said while the number of crashes for this period has decreased in comparison to last year, the number of fatalities has remained constant.

However, the unit remains convinced that road fatalities for 2016 will decrease by 19 per cent when compared with 2015.

Pedestrians account for 20 per cent of the road users who have died since the start of the year, with motorcyclists accounting for 25 per cent.

Passengers account for 30 per cent of the road users killed, a noticeably 43 per cent increase when compared to the similar period last year.

Some 17 per cent of the overall fatalities occurred in St Catherine.

The parishes of Westmoreland, St Catherine, St Elizabeth and St Andrew account for a collective 54 per cent of the overall fatalities.

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