Friday 7 August, 2020

Motor vehicle crashes during curfew hours add to road fatalities - RSU

With 236 people being killed in road crashes up to July 29, the Road Safety Unit (RSU) is admitting that its target of fewer than 300 road deaths will not likely be met this year.

This is despite the unit reporting a 13 per cent decline in traffic fatalities since January 1.

The RSU, which is located in the Ministry of Transport and Mining, is now projecting that there will be about 391 deaths this year compared to 440 in 2019.

Meanwhile, Director of the RSU, Kenute Hare, is pleading with road users to obey the government-enforced curfew orders and to stay at home as much as possible.

“As more Jamaicans work from home and on flexi-work schedules amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, persons are still not obeying the rules of the road,” Hare said in the latest bulletin issued by the unit.

He noted that 14 of the 236 road traffic deaths occurred during curfew hours in the months of April, May, June and July. Some 27 persons died from 24 crashes in the month of June.

A breakdown of the traffic fatalities since the start of the years shows that 76 were motorcyclists accounting for 32 per cent of all deaths.

A further breakdown of the figures shows that 49 were pedestrians, 24 were pedal cyclists, nine were pillion riders, three were passengers of public passenger vehicles, 26 were private motor vehicle passengers, seven were passengers of commercial motor vehicles, six were drivers of public passenger vehicles, 32 were drivers of private motor vehicles and four were drivers of commercial vehicles.


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