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354 people killed in road traffic crashes since the start of the year

Published:Thursday | December 24, 2015 | 1:19 PM
Onlookers gather at the scene of a motor vehicle accident along Mountain View Avenue, St Andrew in February.

The National Road Safety Council is reporting that 354 people have been killed in traffic crashes from January 1 to December 22 this year.

This is 54 more cases than the similar period of 2014 and a major jump from the 290 cases recorded in 2013.

The Council’s Executive Director, Paula Fletcher, says the agency is very concerned about the increase in crashes and fatalities which people travelling on motorbikes, especially in western Jamaica.

Fletcher says there have been 103 fatalities this year involving people on motorbikes compared with 57 in 2014 and 51 in 2013.

She is urging motorbike riders in the parishes of Westmoreland, St James and Trelawny to adhere to the speed limit and to ensure that they always wear the proper safety gear, such as a helmet.

Fletcher is also encouraging all motorists and other road users to cut their speed and not to drink and drive, especially over the festive season.