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Police plan public education campaigns for motorists

Published:Saturday | January 2, 2016 | 1:12 PM

Head of the Police Traffic Division Senior Superintendent Calvin Allen says public education campaigns aimed at getting motorists to understand the importance of using the roadways safely will be a priority for the police this year.

Allen has also given an assurance that the police will be increasing their enforcement activities on the nation’s roadways in 2016.

The disclosures come as statistics from the National Road Safety Council (NRSC) show that 373 persons died in motor vehicle crashes last year.

This is 42 more road deaths than were recorded last year and the highest number of fatalities recorded in a single year over the last decade.

A breakdown of the statistics show that Westmoreland led all parishes with 53 road deaths while the 110 motorcyclists killed last year led all categories of road users.

Senior Superintendent Allen says as part of the increased focus on public education, the police will be working closely with other stakeholder groups to get motorists to understand the importance of using the roadways correctly.