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More than 3,000 bikers prosecuted in four months for failing to wear helmets

Published:Thursday | April 30, 2015 | 4:05 PM

The Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF) says since the start of the year it has prosecuted 3,147 people for failing to wear helmets.

Deputy Commissioner Clifford Blake, who heads the JCF's operations portfolio, says of this number 1,737 or 55 percent were in the parishes of Westmoreland, St Elizabeth, Hanover and St James.

He made the disclosure this morning at the official launch of the 3rd United Nations Global Road Safety Week in New Kingston.

The Road Safety Unit in the Transport Ministry says since the start of the year 124 persons have died in 114 fatal crashes on the nation's roadways.

Director of the unit, Kenute Hare, says nine of those killed were children.

Meanwhile, DCP Blake says the police will be taking a zero-tolerance approach to traffic infractions such as improper use of the roadways, failure to wear seatbelt and helmets.