Sunday 18 August, 2019

13 road traffic deaths in seven days!

13 road fatalities in seven days!

That is the state of affairs as the carnage on the nation’s roads continues at break-neck speed, despite the efforts of the Road Safety Unit (RSU) and other stakeholders at encouraging Jamaicans to practise safe driving habits and techniques.

According to the RSU, since the start of the year up to July 18, some 249 people have perished in motor vehicle crashes across the country. This is up from 236 a week ago, on July 11.

Statistics from the unit revealed that the 249 deaths resulted from 226 fatal crashes.

A further breakdown of the figures showed that 61 of the victims were pedestrians, 13 were pedal cyclists, 80 were motorcyclists, and 10 were pillion riders.

Additionally, there were seven passengers of public passenger vehicles, 30 were passengers of private motor vehicles, six were commercial motor vehicle passengers, three were drivers of PPV vehicles, 36 drove private motor vehicles, and three were drivers of commercial motor vehicles.

Amidst the carnage on the roads, the RSU continues to encourage drivers/motorists who transport passengers, to ensure that they do so safely by enforcing the wearing of seatbelts.

“Pedestrians and pedal cyclists are also advised to wear bright-coloured clothing at nights, and to use reflective gear to ensure they can be seen at all times.

“Pedal cyclists should also wear clothing that will make them more visible to other road users, especially in the nights,” urged RSU Director, Kenute Hare.

So far, the parish of St Catherine has accounted for 15 per cent of the road users killed, the largest figure of any parish so far this year.

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