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Road Safety Unit: Child fatalities drop 37 per cent

Published:Tuesday | November 24, 2015 | 11:29 AM

Fewer children have been killed on Jamaican roads this year.

According to the Road Safety Unit in the Ministry of Transport, Works and Housing, there has been a 37 per cent reduction in child fatalities since the start of the year.

As of November 23, 12 children have been killed in road crashes when compared to the corresponding period last year when 19 perished.

Of the 12 children killed this year on the nation’s roads, five were pedestrians, five were passengers in private motor vehicles and two were pedal cyclists.

A total of 327 persons have died in road traffic crashes since January.

Director of the Unit, Kenute Hare says, the Unit is encouraged to see this reduction in child fatalities.

However, he says the unit will continue to intensify efforts to educate children on proper road usage.

Meanwhile, the Unit is appealing to parents and guardians to introduce their children to road safety training as early as possible.

The Unit says it is particularly important for adults to accompany children when travelling on roads, especially those between the ages of five and nine.

Parents and guardians are also urged to ensure that there are proper child restraint mechanisms in their vehicles, as five of the 12 children who have died were passengers in private motor vehicles.