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People aged 20-24 accounting for most road crash deaths

Published:Friday | December 30, 2016 | 12:28 AM
One man was killed and another hospitalised after receiving injuries in a crash involving this motorcyle in Hayes, Clarendon on Wednesday night - Shanique Samuels Photo

Latest statistics from the Road Safety Unit are indicating that people in the 20-24 age group are accounting for the highest number of deaths in traffic crashes.

With one day to go before the end of 2016, 373 people have died in crashes in Jamaica.

Of this number, 71 were aged 20-24 years old.

The 25-29 age group recorded 43 deaths to account for the second highest number of road fatalities.

The figures are also showing that the parish of Westmoreland is accounting for most of the deaths involving people in the 20-24 and 25-29 age group.

While 12 other parishes recorded single-digit fatalities in these two categories, Westmoreland saw double digit figures.

The latest figures are also showing that motorcyclists are accounting for most of the road deaths.

Some 96 of the 373 people killed on the roads this year were driving motorcycles and almost half of them were in the 20-24 and 25-29 age groups.

Last year, 379 people were killed in traffic crashes, that’s six more than the current tally for 2016.