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Road fatalities surpass 300, exceed last year's figure

Published:Saturday | December 20, 2014 | 9:53 AM
This Coaster bus, transporting 22 passengers, crashed into a loaded Epping gas tank truck in St Andrew earlier this year - File

The number of road fatalities so far this year now stands at 310, exceeding last year’s figure.

With 11 more days to go in the year, the figure (which is up to December 19) is the highest since 2010.

At this time last year, there were 296 fatalities.

Pedestrians account for most of this year’s deaths, followed by motorcyclists.

Director of the Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry, Kenute Hare is making a special appeal to motorcyclists to wear the proper safety gear on the roadways, especially those in the parishes of St James, Hanover, Westmoreland and St Elizabeth.

He says these parishes account for more than 50 per cent of the deaths of motorcyclists this year.


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