Road fatalities up by 21% so far this year

Monday, May 20, 2019

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KINGSTON, Jamaica — The Road Safety Unit (RSU) is reporting a 21 per cent increase in road fatalities and 28 increase in fatal crashes in Jamaica since the start of the year when compared to the corresponding last year.

Statistics released from the RSU today indicate that 167 persons have been killed in one 152 fatal crashes.

Vulnerable road users (pedestrian, pedal cyclist, motorcyclist and pillion) account for 63 per cent of the road users killed since January; while motorcyclists account for 32 per cent; pedestrians 22 per cent; passengers 21 per cent; private motor vehicle drivers 16 per cent; and private motor vehicle passengers 14 per cent.

At the same time, St Catherine accounted for 17 per cent of road users killed, the largest figure since the start of the year.

The RSU is appealing to all road users to wear their seatbelts, helmets, and other protective devices to save life, as well as, to pay close attention to road signs and markings.

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